Home Networking Guide

Home Networking Guide

Technology keeps on evolving with the passage of time. The old free-to-air televisions are long gone. New technology has taken over. Even set-top boxes and dishes are relics of the past now. The Internet and smart devices have become the new trend in every nook and cranny of the world. Especially today, when most people work from home or study from home, having good connectivity is an absolute necessity.

So, setting up a good home network for all the members at home to connect to each other or different devices is an ultimate requirement. Nowadays, we need internet connectivity everywhere at home including bedrooms, halls, kitchens, or balconies. So a strong home network is a must for most homes. 

The type and quality of the connections vary as does the need or purpose. The connection can be established with the help of cables (wires) or as a wireless connection. If the user needs a strong connection for HD streaming or playing online games, a wired connection that is capable of providing a strong internet is preferred over the wireless one. Now let us go through in detail about home networks and also explore some common doubts. 

Wired and Wireless Networks

Today, when considering contracting a network to provide us with strong internet connectivity, we will have 2 options – a wired network and a wireless network. The wireless network covers more areas and can connect more devices compared to the wired one, speed is a bit less. If you are an online gamer or someone who needs a high-speed and stable connection, wired internet is the better option even though the connectivity is limited. Usually, the wire is normal or a UTP cable. With the introduction of high-speed fibre optics, it is possible to get very high-speed internet. 

For a wireless network, we need a router that is connected to a power source. The router and modem should be placed in an appropriate place to get optimum connectivity. Make sure it is not kept inside cupboards, near other radiation-emitting devices, or behind some furniture. By doing so, there is a possibility for the network connection to be slow. 

The biggest disadvantage of the wired router is that it doesn’t allow multiple connections, as the ethernet cable can be connected to a single source only. Also, mobile phones do not come with ethernet ports, so mobiles cannot be connected using ethernet or wired networks. 

Requirements for maximum coverage 

In the case of a wired connection, as mentioned before, it is not suitable for connecting many devices. The single device can be connected anywhere as long as the wire is long enough. It is obviously not portable. Mainly suitable for desktop computers. 

Wireless or a Wi-Fi network is the most popular and common one. It is compatible with computers, tablets, mobiles, etc. Multiple devices can share the network and the wide range enables us to access Wi-Fi from almost all locations at home. The Wi-Fi can be made private by setting a password. Also, the number of devices that can be connected at a time can be controlled also. 

The Wi-Fi router needs to be connected to fibre optics or a telephone line for activation. The positioning of the router should be in such a way that it covers most of the area in your home. By having multiple access points, the power can be increased too. 

To check the internet speed from both the networks (wireless and wired), we can download apps like inSSIDer to your computer, phone, or tablet. These kinds of apps can detect and show the speed given by the connection available. 

Guest Wi-Fi and safety of your network 

When your friends and relatives visit your home, they often ask you to give them the password to access the Wi-Fi. Don’t give them the password which would allow them to use the same network as you or your family. The best option is to create a guest Wi-Fi network especially for them and thereby isolate your network from theirs. 

The reason for doing so is to enhance internet safety. If their devices are home to some malware or virus, there is a high possibility for your network to get affected too. So better to separate our network with the use of a guest network. 

To conclude, a good home network is a necessity today as most of the work, enjoyment and studies happen from home. For multiple devices to be connected, buy a wireless network with the router and modem. In case it’s for a desktop, opt for the higher speed wired ones. Make sure to update all the network firmware in order to increase security and avoid sharing passwords with people who are not living in your house. 

Contact us at 1300 016 017 if you are looking for assistance. We are here to help you.

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