How Are Smart Appliances Tested?

Smart appliances have been on the market for a few years now, allowing homeowners to control many aspects of their home without actual physical contact. Some of these smart devices even make automatic adjustments based on pre-programmed parameters.

But exactly how reliable are these smart appliances? Is there any danger of malfunction that could cause problems in the home – such as a fire or flooding? As with many products released for public consumption, smart appliances have gone through a barrage of testing to ensure their safety.

In fact, there’s a term used for this particular process: IoT Testing. The term “IoT” stands for Internet of Things, which refers to the system of devices interconnected with each other.  Here are the tests typical devices go through before they’re released to the market.

Security Testing

This is perhaps the most important test that smart devices have to pass before they’re allowed in anyone’s home. These devices are often connected via phones and require the exchange of sensitive information across the internet. The use of software testing services like QAwerk are therefore necessary to ensure that there are no loopholes that could be exploited by 3rd parties. 

Compatibility Testing

Connecting smart devices with each other requires that there’s a common “language” among them that makes it possible for one to communicate with the other. This is tested through compatibility measures, ensuring that products built by different brands could still be used together. Of course, some people bypass this by having the same brand throughout, but the ability to pick and choose what you want can definitely add to the experience of having a “smart” home.


Range Testing

Many of these devices operate on a common network or wireless internet. But how far can it be placed from the router and still work? Developers also have to take into account the presence of concrete walls, floors, ceilings, and various barricades when designing their smart appliances. The range should be enough that it can have a strong access to the network for it to do its job.


Usability Testing

Usability testing refers to how well it can follow the commands sent by the homeowner. Is it hard to operate, or is there a delay between the command and the execution? The use of the appliance should be quick and simple allowing homeowners to easily understand how to operate the item after just a few minutes, hours, or days of use.


Performance Testing

Finally – performance testing is all about how the appliance will hold up through repeated use. Sure, it may be able to “receive” the command you sent – but can it execute it as needed? Is there a delay or is there confusion as to how the appliance functions? 

More importantly – how does it perform when connected with all other smart appliances in your home? Performance Testing functions as a holistic view of the system, telling you whether the product is ready to be released to the public.


Interference Test

If you have two or more smart appliances in your home, the hope is that these smart products would harmoniously communicate with each other. Unfortunately, there’s also the chance that they’d actually clash with each other, causing an interference in how data is received and sent among each other. 

Worse is if it interferes with other appliances in your home that aren’t even connected to the system. The testing therefore finds out how the smart appliance will function when exposed to this kind of environment and adjusting as needed to guarantee proper function. 


Final Word

To wrap it up – smart appliances are now in homes for a reason – they’ve been tested and deemed safe for the use of the general public. Of course, it’s also important to note that as an owner of these devices, their proper use is crucial to maintain the safety and security of the products.

Typically, testing takes two things into consideration – the software and hardware. The appliance itself therefore undergoes extensive quality testing in terms of material used to ensure that it can last for long periods of time with exhaustive use. Only when they meet industry standards are they issued a certificate by the governing body ascertaining the quality of the build.