Why is a Professional Home Network Installation So Important?
Don’t Rely on Subpar Internet Connections Throughout Your House
If you’re in the process of building a smart home, you might be thrilled about the possibilities ahead of you. After all, being able to control your home’s A/V, lighting, HVAC systems and more all from one app on your phone or tablet is an exciting proposition. That said, there is an underlying component of smart homes that you cannot look over: the network infrastructure that supports your system.
We’re not just referring to the internet signal provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) that links the devices in your home to the world. We’re referring to the network itself – the hardware components that determine how fast data moves around your house and to what locations and devices; whether hardwired or connected through Wi-Fi.
If you are looking for robust smart home performance, it’s essential you understand the need for a professional home networking installation compared to the run-of-the-mill networking equipment provided by your local ISP.
In this blog, we’ll show you how you can enjoy the fastest, most reliable home network in the Redondo Beach area the easy way: by working with Interior Technologies. Keep reading for more.
Bandwidth and Speed
The first way a network’s quality is measured is its speed. The faster the connection, the more quickly your systems will respond. You don’t want to raise the brightness of the lights in your living room and wait for the system to respond. You want your technology to react instantly. And it's important to remember that when you add more devices to a network, they have the potential to slow down the response speeds if you're not careful.
The measurement of a network's speed is tied closely with bandwidth – how much space your network has to run a signal. An easy way to understand bandwidth is by imagining a 1-lane freeway. When there’s only one car on the freeway, that car can go as fast as 200 mph. But when you add more and more cars to that freeway, things begin to slow down. The same goes for home networks. The more bandwidth you have available, cars will have more lanes to access; meaning your network can support more and more internet-connected smart home technologies.
When you have your home network installed by your local ISP, the equipment provided is designed for the average home in America – which has less than 10 internet-connected devices. An average smart home has 50 internet-connected devices; often times, well more than 100. When you have dozens of smart home technologies utilizing a home network that is designed for just 10 devices, you will experience that slow speed and poor network performance. That’s why a professional home network is essential: By preparing your home infrastructure for 50 or more internet-connected devices to operate efficiently, you need equipment and a network design far superior than the one any ISP can provide for you.
Of course, even when you’re on the freeway, you notice that there are designated traffic lanes. HOV lanes, for example, are specifically for cars with 2 or more people inside. Likewise, your home network installation can ensure that internet-connected devices that are of high-importance for you also are treated like an HOV lane; separate from other lanes of traffic.
A good example might be for Wi-Fi calling; after all, you might not get ideal cell phone reception at your Redondo Beach-area home and might need to rely on your home network for phone calls. The last thing you want is for calls to drop as you roam around the house or for your calls to suffer from latency, with slow and interrupted audio, echo and overlapping conversation. Standard ISP home network equipment won’t be able to deliver the high-quality performance you need as you walk around the house with varying Wi-Fi reception. With a professional home network installation from our team, for example, we ensure that your entire property is covered with robust Wi-Fi signals – also taking precautions to ensure there is no drop-off in call quality from access point to access point as you walk around your property. Of course, our home network installations are customized to your needs; meaning we can give proper device prioritization to the systems that are most important to you.
When it comes to your online presence, the last thing you want is for your network to be vulnerable and for hackers to access your information you store digitally. We at Interior Technologies take the proper precautions during the network installation process to ensure that your data stays secure.
The first step we take is creating a guest network that is entirely separate from the main network. Consider this possibility: A friend arrives at your house and wants to connect to your Wi-Fi. They aren’t aware, but their phone or laptop is infected with malware. By connecting their internet-connected device to your home network, that malware can spread to other devices in your network. This is why a dedicated guest network is so beneficial: It keeps others’ devices separate from your own, keeping your main home network safe.
We also use firewalls that are far more robust and powerful than ones provided by your ISP. Consider if you use an old, cheap computer with a slow processor, little memory and only basic features. Your internet connections will be slow and the computer will offer very little protection against external threats. This is similar to the firewalls provided by an ISP in a home network installation. Instead, you could have a professionally installed, custom home network that contains dependable firewalls similar to high-powered computers that are specified to the right power for you, with faster processors, more memory and full-featured, built-in security protocols.
Consider, for a moment, the dozens of devices in your home you will connect to your property’s Wi-Fi system: Computers, TVs, phones, smart home devices and so much more. You need your home network to not only be able to support high amounts of bandwidth but also to provide coverage throughout your entire property.
In today’s world, using just one router to provide Wi-Fi coverage throughout your house might not be enough. Perhaps your house has stucco walls that diminish the strength of Wi-Fi signals from room-to-room. Even a mirror can deter Wi-Fi coverage. When you suffer from these Wi-Fi dead zones in your house, they can prevent your smart home system or Wi-Fi connected devices from working when you need it to.
We take these obstacles into account during our home network installation services. We use expert heat maps to individually analyze how your home architecture can affect your home Wi-Fi signals and use strategic placement of access points throughout your property to ensure the best internet coverage throughout your house. This way, Wi-Fi signal remains stable no matter where you are in the house. In other words, we build the bridges and tunnels that are necessary for cars to get anywhere they need to on the freeway.
Want to learn more about Interior Technologies’ home network installation services throughout Southern California? We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
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