A basic home network can be built fairly quickly. However, these days, most home networks are not basic. Especially when you consider the amount of connected devices, and activities happening in a home like streaming movies or music and sometimes, both. As a result, most people are now getting slower than expected speeds out of their home network. This happens when you do not account for things like square footage, building materials, expected speed of the network and the location of the network equipment.
Other things like common sources of Wi-Fi interference (see examples below), the number of wireless devices that need to connect and what types of activities happen throughout the day also need to be considered. With that in mind, during a home network design your primary goal is to determine the device capacity, throughput, and coverage goals of your network.
When you do, you’ll know exactly what type of network equipment you need, and you’ll also know where to place your wireless access points to ensure even coverage throughout your home. With that in mind, we offer more insight on things that must be taken into consideration.