It happens eventually. Technologies once considered “state-of-the-art” become obsolete or less effective over time. Just think about the computers from decades past. Even though people heralded them as futuristic marvels, now your smartphone can run circles around them. Technology is always moving forward. When you don’t update the tech in your home on a regular basis, you may find yourself living in the past.
One of the most common technologies that should be upgraded every few years is your home networking system. If you’re noticing connection problems, buffering, dropped video calls, and poor signal strength, then it’s time to refresh the home network at your Zionsville, IN, home. Keep reading to see how to do it!
“Home network? What’s that?” Most homeowners wouldn’t have a clue in the early 1990s. Even by the mid-1990s, they could tell you what the internet was, but there really wasn’t a “home network.” Instead, the only things connected to the internet were their computers. As internet technologies advanced and Wi-Fi became popular in homes, the home network grew exponentially.
Now, most homeowners have a wide range of devices that are dependent on their network: phones, laptops, desktop computers, 4K TVs and projectors, and smart technologies throughout their homes. Homeowners and their families are streaming Netflix, and TV shows, music, and podcasts. In order to ensure everything runs smoothly and fast, you need a home networking system that is state-of-the-art, one with increased bandwidth and a powerful Wi-Fi signal. Otherwise, you’ll have a data “traffic jam” at your router, and you won’t be able to connect.
If you’ve ever driven in traffic, then you understand what it’s like for a road to get overburdened by too many vehicles. During rush hour, some roads and highways do not have the capacity to handle the influx of all the cars and trucks. The same is true for your modem (the device that connects to the internet) and your router (the device that directs your network traffic). The more connected devices on your network, the more bandwidth (capacity) your internet needs. An older modem and router, or ones that are not enterprise-grade, will certainly suffer, and you’ll know it!
For instance, the movie you’re watching in your home theater may start to buffer. The smart lights throughout your home could be slow to respond. Or the music you’re streaming through your whole-home audio system may pause every now and then. Ordinary routers aren’t designed for luxury smart homes. They simply don’t have the bandwidth. However, The Premier Group installs enterprise-grade solutions including powerful routers that ensure a smooth-running smart home experience.
Great! You’ve got an updated modem and an enterprise grade router. So, all your home networking problems should be solved. Well, not quite! Wi-Fi is another important component of your home network. Your router needs to communicate wirelessly with your Wi-Fi-enabled products. If you live in a larger home, you’ll likely have signal problems. That is, your devices will have trouble connecting to the router with only a single Wifi point. That’s because the further away you are from the router, the weaker the Wi-Fi signal is.
The solution is to install multiple wireless access points, hardwired back to your router. Modern day standards indicated you’ll need about one wireless access point per 1,100 square feet for full coverage and signal strength in a custom home. If wiring is not possible, utilizing a mesh network from Ruckus Wireless may be the solution, which consists of a series of satellite modules around your house for full Wi-Fi coverage. Both are excellent options to ensure consistent and reliable connections. Then, no matter how large your property is, you’ll have a strong signal wherever you go.
Learn how to upgrade your home networking system for a better smart home experience. Call The Premier Group today, chat with us below, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.
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