Parks Associates: Over One-Third of Smart Home Device Owners Experienced Technical Difficulties In 2022

New whitepaper developed in partnership with RouteThis addresses impact of self-service tools on the user experience and provider support costs

DALLAS, Oct. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Parks Associates’ latest consumer research reports over one-third of smart home device owners experienced technical difficulties in 2022. The firm’s new whitepaper, Self-Service Support: Improving Home Automation, developed in partnership with RouteThis, addresses support needs across the connected home at the network and device level and strategies to address technical issues.

“Growing technical difficulties with smart home devices are felt the most by those using smart home devices at a high rate,” said Jennifer Kent, VP, Research, Parks Associates. “Parks Associates’ data demonstrate that households with heads of household ages 35-44 are the most likely to experience technical issues with their devices. This age group also strongly correlates to above-average rates of smart home device ownership.”

The whitepaper also reports 21% of those experiencing a technical issue with a smart home device used a self-help application with the device to resolve the problem; this is nearly double the rate of self-help app usage in 2018. Smart home and connected device owners use several options to address technical issues with their devices. In fact, 91% of smart home device owners who experience technical problems with their devices will try at least one self-help approach.

“The reality is, smart home brands today need to become experts in Wi-Fi diagnostics,” said Jason Moore, CEO, RouteThis. “Given that Wi-Fi troubleshooting can be a complex and time-consuming process, you can end up with this broken cycle where neither the consumer nor the smart home brand finds the resolution they’re looking for. That can lead to repeat calls from frustrated customers negative reviews and product returns.”

Users need tools to discern what specific issues are impacting their networks and devices, with special attention to testing for and diagnosing Wi-Fi issues, followed by clear guidance about how to fix the specific problem. To that end, self-help apps and solutions with advanced diagnostic features have experienced strong growth in the last four years.

“Consumers clearly desire a self-help approach first but need more effective tools to solve the problems on their own,” Kent said.

Self-Service Support: Improving Home Automation is available for download. To request data or an interview, please contact Rosey Sera at, 972.996.0233.

About Parks Associates

Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company’s expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

About RouteThis

RouteThis, a leading platform for diagnosing and troubleshooting in-home WiFi connectivity issues, is transforming the way smart home brands deploy, manage, and support the connected home. We offer agent- and subscriber-facing tools tailored specifically for smart home brands to help your devices perform at their full potential. Through device diagnostics, automated troubleshooting, and customer education, RouteThis helps your support team minimize product returns, improve handle time, and convert customers into brand ambassadors.

Rosimely Sera
Parks Associates

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