Many of us already know that using a wired connection for all of your home networking needs is not only the most secure method, but also the most powerful. A wired connection is more reliable, secure and consistent. But not always an option for many homeowners. That said, determining which home network system is right for you can become somewhat confusing if you don’t understand all of your options. Or put simply, by adding networking switches to your home network it enables you to have both wired and wireless connections throughout your home. It is not a question of to wire or not to wire. Rather, the answer to the wired or wireless question is sometimes a matter of how. Another answer to the wired versus wireless question is security. One of the biggest draws of a wired home network is the fact that there is little security risk. For example, someone would have to be physically connected to your network to access your personal data. And, reliability is another plus. A wired network doesn’t fall prey to interference or range like a wireless home network does. On the other, one of the biggest draws of a wireless home network is the proliferation of devices like the iPad, iPhone and Android that work solely over wireless networks. Devices like these can be used for any number of home control functions. Such as using your iPhone as a remote for your TV and entertainment system, or to control your climate, security or even lighting. While both wired and wireless networks have many drawbacks, it isn’t until you combine these technologies that you begin to see a truly powerful home network.
A networking switch filters and sends data packets between LAN (Local-Area Network) segments, ensuring that data will reach its intended destination and only its intended destination…
The Modern Connected Home
Today’s home has at least ten or more connected devices. From laptops and smartphones to TVs, smart door locks, and thermostats. You need a solid, reliable network infrastructure to make sure your equipment, systems, and devices function at their full potential. But, as the number of Internet connected devices on a home network increases with other connected devices, like media streamers, home automation hubs, security systems, and gaming systems. It becomes increasingly more difficult for the network to function well if at all. As a result, you can experience problems such as buffering when streaming a video, latency when streaming music, and spotty wifi throughout your home among other things. For devices that stream 4k video (as well as other smart home devices), nothing beats the communications reliability you will get from a wired connection. 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 both traffic and interference. Even the best router cannot ensure adequate wifi coverage. So, in many homes it helps to add access points. Be mindful of wifi limitations. Keep in mind, 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.
Networking Switches: Managed VS Unmanaged
There are three types of network switches: unmanaged, managed, and websmart. Unmanaged switches are designed to work right out of the box without any configuration. However, they lack remote configuration, management, and monitoring capabilities. For anyone that has the simple goal of allowing several network devices to communicate with one another, this is the type of network switch you would use. That said, today many people work from home and rely on a fast Internet connection to do their work. In this type of situation, a networking switch that is oriented towards redundancy and is capable of providing QoS (Quality of Service) by prioritizing bandwidth for data subsets is preferred. Managed networking switches support the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), allowing for remote configuration and reduced downtime. Compared to managed switches, smart switches support various remote management protocols and interfaces.
Araknis Networks Switches
Araknis understands the importance of modern, seamless connectivity. Whether it’s media streaming, surveillance, teleworking, or file sharing. Their professional grade switches provide fast, reliable network connections for all your devices. In addition to high-speed reliability, we can troubleshoot any issues quickly and remotely, ensuring optimal performance at all times. Discover Araknis – the network that works for you.
- 110 SERIES: this Unmanaged+ 110-series combines the speed and reliability of a standard Gigabit switch with cloud management platform capabilities for remote diagnostics
- 210 SERIES: if you need Power over Ethernet for a few wireless access points or cameras, then opt for the 210 series switch − a partial PoE option with enhanced flexibility
- 310 SERIES: when you demand the most powerful solution, there’s only one choice – the fully managed 310 switch
Araknis Networks 100-Series Unmanaged Gigabit Switches
Having ports and LEDs on the front makes it easy to see when links are present and connectivity between devices is active – plus it allows for easy moves, adds, and changes (MACs) to ensure an agile environment. A sturdy metal housing adds strength and durability. A completely fan-less design means these network switches operate silently – no matter where they’re being used. Openings on the sides provide ventilation that adds reliability without any distracting fan noise. Capable of providing a whopping 1Gbps on every port at the same time, these switches provide the high-speed Ethernet and big bandwidth required for fast data transmission, reliable video, and supporting several high bandwidth devices at once – like Smart TVs, Apple TVs, and more.
Araknis Networks 300-Series Managed Gigabit Switches
A sturdy metal housing provides strength and durability for these enterprise-grade products. A completely fan-less design means these network switches operate silently – no matter where they’re being used. Openings on the sides provide ventilation that adds reliability without any distracting fan noise. Capable of providing a whopping 1Gbps on every port at the same time, these switches are perfect for fast video streaming and supporting multiple high-bandwidth devices – Smart TVs, Apple TVs, IP surveillance systems, gaming consoles, Video On Demand services and more. Advanced functionality meets ease of use in this intuitive user interface. It puts the most commonly used features front and center – making it easy to setup and monitor the network – plus it’s equipped with straightforward troubleshooting, smart management options, and plenty of bells and whistles for networking needs.