Technology Gets Old. How Do You Know When to Upgrade?

Find out when you should contact your AV and communications company.

Let’s face it: the device you’re reading this on is probably out of date. One of the most exciting aspects of smart tech is that it’s developing at a rapid pace. On the other hand, you might hesitate to upgrade because you don’t want your new TV to be obsolete by the time you install it.

Thankfully, you still have plenty of time to enjoy your devices. The lifecycle of electronics (buying, installing, using, and replacing) takes years — so you don’t have to worry about the neighbors getting more out of their systems while you’re still stuck in the (figurative) stone age.

Of course, knowing exactly how long you have with your devices depends on what you’re using and how you’re using it. In this blog, SYSTEMSEVEN will simplify it for you.

Check out what you need to know about the lifecycle of your most commonly used tech and how you can upgrade it by working with Austin’s leading communications company. Read on to learn more.


The Lifespan of Your Home Tech

Below you’ll find a list of some of the common tech that Texas homeowners use and the average lifespan of each device. It’s not a comprehensive list, but if you have questions about your devices, you can chat with us by clicking the box in the bottom right corner of your screen!

Televisions: Don’t be fooled by the latest OLED, 4K, and HDR labels. While you can choose from a wide selection of high-performance HDTVs and features, unfortunately, unsurpassed picture quality doesn’t mean an infinite TV: The average lifespan is 4-6 years.

Home Network: Networking is essential to operate a smart home. For the best results, you should update yours every 3-5 years.

Lighting Control: Among your most-used systems, lighting illuminates each room for safety and beauty. Thankfully, modern, energy-efficient LED lighting systems, and Control4 technology last up to 20 years.

In-Wall Speakers: Similarly to lighting systems, in-wall speakers require complicated installation. However, you’ll be happy to know that you only have to upgrade your system every 13-16 years.

Phone System: Many of us work from home these days, so it’s important to note that a phone system lasts about 5-8 years.

Home Control: Control4 and Savant components offer incredible performance for up to 10 years.

Lifespan of Digital Security

At SYSTEMSEVEN, we specialize in internet safety and digital security. Did you know that your security can get old and pose a threat to your property? Upgrading your systems with the latest digital security features will help you ward off potential dangers that can creep in unannounced. Below, you’ll see how frequently you should update different components of your security system.

Firewall: Firewalls work as a sort of digital barrier between your internet and the outside world. They’re your first line of defense, and you should upgrade them every 3-5 years.

Wireless Access Point: Protecting your network from outside threats is one thing, but secure wireless access points ensure the connections between your device and the internet are safe as well. These devices last up to 5 years.

Smart Devices: Small, easy-to-install devices may seem like the way to go because of their relatively low cost. But many of the latest components found on the big box store shelves only last two or three years. Instead, work with quality components and Austin’s top technology advocate to get the most life out of your system.


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