Best Home Network

Best Home Network

How To Optimize Your Home Network For The Holidays

’Tis the season for friends and family to slow down your home network. With so many people hosting their families and friends throughout the holiday season, it’s a good time to consider upgrading your home network before they arrive. That’s because, they bring with them an assortment of devices and gadgets that need to connect to the Internet. But these are not gifts; they are a fleet of bandwidth hogs, and your home network may not be ready to handle the increase in devices. In fact, if you are not prepared, they can bring your home network’s performance and Internet connection to a crawl. But your wireless network does not have to slow down just because your house is full of Internet device wielding loved ones. With a little preparation and a hardware upgrade or two, you can ensure that your holiday get together won’t be interrupted.

With this in mind, we offer a guide on how to optimize your home network for the holidays by setting up the best home network.

Best Home Network Setup

The best home network setup will vary greatly from household to household. That’s because there are many things to consider when you are trying to optimize the speed of your network throughout your home. In many cases, when the WiFi signal is not strong enough, it means things like square footage, building materials, and the amount of devices connecting to the network have not been considered.

Unfortunately, most of the time, the important but ignored ISP provided router ends up being the source of your slow Internet connection. Keep in mind. WiFi and Internet speed are two different things. While your ISP (Internet Service Provider) determines your maximum Internet speed (the speed you pay for), your router is what has the most significant impact on your speed. 

For this reason, the router provided by your ISP needs to be the first thing you change, and for every 1,500 feet you must add a WAP if you want a strong reliable WiFi signal throughout your home. Additionally, to improve the strength of your WiFi signal, use ethernet connections whenever possible by adding switches for devices that can connect via hardwire.

Sources of WiFi Interference

Metal Studs

Metal Studs Common Sources of Wi-Fi Interference

Concrete/Brick Walls

Concrete or Brick Walls Common Sources of Wi-Fi Interference

Kitchen Area

Kitchen Area Common Sources of Wi-Fi Interference

Phone

Cordless Phones Common sources of Wi-Fi interference

Nanny Cam

Nanny Cams Common sources of Wi-Fi interference

Microwave

Microwave Common sources of Wi-Fi interference

Wireless Audio

Wireless Audio System Common sources of Wi-Fi interference

Building Materials & WiFi Signal 

See Table On Right: 

3dB loss = 1/2 of original strength 

6dB loss = 1/4 of original strength 

10dB loss = 1/9 of original strength

How Building Materials Affect Wi-Fi Signal

Araknis Networks®

Finally, a network that actually works!

The best home network is one you never notice. Movies and music are best enjoyed uninterrupted, which is why Araknis makes sure their products deliver a fast and reliable connection with every use. A smart network makes for a smart home. With Araknis, you’ll enjoy all the advantages of a business-grade network, right in your home. Araknis products provide the speed and dependability your family needs to effortlessly browse the web, stream music, play videos, and more. A well designed, robust, and stable network is the foundation of fast reliable WiFi. And, Araknis routers provide a high-speed connection that makes for a hassle-free network experience. Because they understand the importance of modern, seamless connectivity, making your network now and during the holidays is a breeze.

RoutersAraknis Networks 300-series routers include dual-Gigabit WANs that can be configured to load-balancing or link failover modes, extensive VPN support, and an embedded firewall for wide-ranging network security. With an Araknis router, high-traffic networks are handled with ease.

  • Dual WAN: dual-WAN allows you to connect your home network to two different ISPs (for example: TWC and Comcast) and have the WAN links configured either as load-balancing (i.e. active/active) or link failover (i.e. active/standby)
  • 4 Gigabit LAN: perhaps this router’s most useful feature is an embedded 4 Gigabit switch on the LAN side
    • It is used to connect the router to multiple switches in the network, or connect other devices to the router directly
    • Plus, the LAN side of the router supports full LAN-LAN Gigabit speed with Jumbo Frame support for better video streaming

Wireless Access Points (WAPs): Designed with you in mind, Araknis wireless access points provide industry-leading speed, coverage, and reliability. Plus, fast roaming capability allows for optimum performance in any environment. Home networks require a fast and reliable connection at all times. Which is why Araknis Networks® wireless access points are designed to keep your signal strong. Araknis WAPs were built with a focus on aesthetics, making this a product you will be proud to put in your homes. Equipped with just one LED on the side, Araknis WAPs provide an option that’s both good looking and discreet.

Network SwitchesSupport all your home network needs with a full line of professional-grade switches. The entire Araknis switch family offers full Gigabit throughput, PoE/PoE+, and cloud management through OvrC to monitor and control your home network from miles away. Designed for both form and functionality, Araknis switches bring new life to home networks.

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Not sure what you need? We want to make certain you are getting the exact solution that you need for your home. Call us today to schedule your free home network evaluation (760) 505-7461.

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