Home Networking Equipment

The Basics

From the wireless router to the wireless access point, and networking switches, understanding the different types of home networking equipment is important. Especially if you want to get the best performance out of your home network. Because today, home networks are no longer basic. In fact today, there are more things connecting to it than ever before. Not to mention the fact that many of us are working from home. As a result, if your home network does not have the right equipment, you could be dealing with a weak or slow Wi-Fi signal. Whether you are dealing with slow Internet speeds or dead zones, or both, the right equipment can significantly improve your experience. For this reason, we offer some insight on home networking equipment that everyone should be aware of.

Wireless Router

Despite how important a Wi-Fi router is to your home, it probably doesn’t get much attention. In fact, most people have Wi-Fi routers that are at least a few years old, if not older. This is especially true if you are using the one that was provided to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). The wireless router is perhaps the single most important piece of technology in our homes. And, there’s no question that the Internet is the foundation of our lives.

Wireless Access Point

When it comes to networking, you probably don’t want to run network cables all over your house, making Wi-Fi a great alternative. Unfortunately there are some places, such as the guest house or backyard, that a Wi-Fi signal won’t reach. Because it’s too far away or because there are thick concrete walls in between them. In this case, the best solution is adding wireless access points.

Networking Switches

Think of your home network like a highway. A wired network is just like a multilane highway. Each car has it’s own lane and can travel at any speed without impacting others. But a wireless system is like a two lane highway, unless you have a router that supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz (giving you two more lanes). To help lighten the load of your wireless network and enable it to function more reliably, you need some of your connections to be wired. And, the only way to do this right, is by using  networking switches.

Wireless Router

Whether you are dealing with slow Internet speeds or dead zones, the right equipment can significantly improve your experience. We all know what a router is, but did you know that using the one provided by your Internet Service Provider could be what’s slowing you down? In fact, most Internet service providers supply a low-quality modem router combo not capable of meeting modern demands. For this reason, it may be time for a new router. 

If you can’t answer yes to all of these questions, it is probably time to consider a new router and adding some access points and networking switches:

  • Is your router at least dual-band (supports the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency)?
  • Does your router provide you with the speeds you pay for (you can run a speed test here)?
  • Does your router sufficiently cover your entire home with a strong Wi-Fi signal even when you are in your backyard?

Wireless Access Point

Wireless access points expand your connectivity. So, no matter how large a home is, they work to ensure your Wi-Fi connection is seamless. This means, no more dead spots, or weak a Wi-Fi signal no matter where you are in your home. Wireless access points provide a greater range to connect to a wired network. If you are unable to connect to hard-to-reach areas, this could smooth out the process.

By installing a wireless access point where they are needed, you and your family can stream, work, or learn freely without experiencing Wi-Fi interruptions. To optimize your wireless network, the first step is to find out where the signal is the weakest. Weak or spotty Wi-Fi signals can easily be fixed with the right home networking equipment and a wireless access point should be a part of your home network design.

Networking Switches

Think of your home network like a highway. A wired network is just like a multilane highway. Each car has it’s own lane and can travel at any speed without impacting others. But a wireless system is like a two lane highway, unless you have a router that supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz (giving you two more lanes). While having the second band does give you two additional lanes, there is still the matter of traffic and interference.

Even the best router cannot ensure adequate Wi-Fi coverage. So, in many homes it helps to add access points. But, you need to be mindful of Wi-Fi limitations. That’s because the more devices you add to your wireless network, the more bandwidth you will use. To help lighten the load of your wireless network and enable it to function more reliably, you need some of your connections to be wired. And, the only way to do this right, is by using networking switches.

San Diego Home Network Installation

You’re already paying your internet provider for a fast connection. So, it only makes sense to have home networking equipment that can deliver it. Our San Diego home network installation services are comprehensive in that we will come out free of charge to assess your current home network. Once we do, we will evaluate the solutions that are right for your needs and budget. And, we’ll get you up and running quickly! Contact us at (760) 505-7461 to book your appointment and ask about same day service.

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