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.