3 Home Networking Mistakes to Avoid
ACS Has a Solution to Your Most Challenging Connection Problems
Some of the most popular features that homeowners seek include an open layout floor plan, walk-in closets, and Energy Star rated windows. Where does a home network fall on the list? It doesn’t, and that’s because many homeowners have come to think of a reliable wired and wireless network as another utility within the home. Much like a lighting system that is used every day without much thought, homeowners rely on a network to conduct business, stream music and videos, download files, and play online games. A network is a home’s central nervous system, and advances in equipment, configurations, and wireless standards have introduced new complexities that can quickly become confusing. In this edition of our blog, we count down some home networking mistakes to avoid.
Mistake #3: Failing to determine network needs before buying a router
Homeowners often buy a router from a big box store looking to connect their smartphone or tablet to the Internet. Issues arise later on due to lack of coverage, the number of devices connected to the network, and the types of walls and floors within their home.
SEE ALSO: ACS Builds Rock Solid Networks
At ACS, we install networking components from partners like Ruckus, Dell, and Cisco to bring homeowners a quality network solution. Having high-quality equipment is only the first step. The efficiency and strength of a professionally integrated network are what sets a system from ACS apart. We eliminate disruption and interference from other networks and we program the homeowner’s network to prioritize different activities like streaming movies and downloading music.
Mistake #2: Relying solely on a wireless home network
A wireless network can be noticeably slower than a wired network for certain types of network traffic. Wireless reception can be disrupted by several factors including objects between wireless devices and even other wireless networks. For ‘mission critical’ network functions like streaming movies to your TV or music for your party, the chance of interruption when using a wired network is vanishingly small.
We recommend a business grade, wireless and hard-wired network because it’s more reliable. There’s invisible protection built into the way the network is designed. We can further protect your home network by building you a guest network that prohibits access to other devices. Your entire network is protected without undo interruption. The network is there when you need it and can deal with increased capacity during parties and gatherings.
Mistake #1: Using default router configurations
For many homeowners, connecting to a home network is a set-it-and-forget-it scenario. Gone are the days when you could visit an electronics store, buy the necessary networking equipment and set it up using the default settings. This approach inevitably causes problems down the line when something bad happens—like a thunderstorm that knocks out the power.
We’ll proactively monitor the system, so we know when there’s an issue before the homeowner does. These alerts keep the equipment performing and in turn last longer. Whether you’re streaming your favorite Netflix sitcom on a tablet or your kids are finishing homework on their laptops an ACS designed network supports all these activities; everyone gets what they want no matter where they are in the house. At ACS, we guide our customers through the challenges of designing, installing, maintaining, and monitoring a robust home network.
Today’s fast paced lifestyle and need to access everything at our fingertips makes a reliable, robust, and secure home network a requirement for most families. A network designed, installed, and configured by ACS will prove more reliable and simply perform better. Contact us to learn more about transforming your home network into a rock solid ACS network.