5 Ways to Improve Performance of a Home Network

Categorized:  The Access Blog  |  May 17, 2021

Speed, Stability and Reliability are Possible by Following these Best Practices

With all the working and learning that’s happening at home, it’s only a matter of time before a consumer-grade network feels the strain. There simply isn’t enough bandwidth to go around. But there’s hope. Getting a connected home back in prime working order is possible by following these tips.

Family at home on laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

Home Networking 101 – Understanding the Basics

The home network has evolved and with that comes an overwhelming amount of new product options, nomenclature, and marketing options. It all sounds good, but which solutions will meet your connectivity needs?

The home network is the foundation of all other connected devices in the home, so it’s important to understand the basic functionality of each component required for a robust, secure, and reliable network. Treat the network just like any other significant purchase, recognizing that not all solutions are built the same. Don’t be fooled by great marketing; make sure the features and quality live up to your standards.

Invest in an Enterprise-Grade Solution

Unlike the networking equipment available from your internet service provider and retailers, enterprise-grade networking systems are designed, engineered, and manufactured to deliver optimal speed, reliability, coverage, and consistency. Enterprise equipment also includes advanced security features to minimize the risk of cybersecurity and employ technologically advanced components have to handle all of your connectivity needs today and tomorrow.

Perform a Thorough Network Analysis

It’s clear something isn’t right with the network, but what exactly is causing the issue? Anything from new pieces of furniture to an updated mobile device can affect network performance, as can the number of people connecting at the same time, the type of content they’re downloading, and the frequency of online activity.

Learn all you can about the layout, structure, and composition of the residence. Also, consider the lifestyle of the home’s residents and the types of connected devices currently being used. This exercise can reveal a lot about the strength and resiliency of the home network and help identify weak spots that require remediation.

Quantify your guesswork with tools that measure signal range and strength. Once you find the root of the issues, you’ll be able to specify and install the proper solution.

Look to the Future

Innovation doesn’t stop, so how you use connected devices in your home today will likely be much different down the road. The best way to ensure the longevity of a home network is to have the latest enterprise-grade equipment professionally installed. With the right combination of products, including Wi-Fi 6 wireless access points, a home network will remain strong well into the future, no matter how the needs of the home’s occupants change and grow.

Wire Wherever Possible

A hardwired connection will always be a connection of performance, while Wi-Fi is a connection of convenience. If you want the highest performance, you need a hardwired connection.

There’s no reason to live with slow, spotty internet connectivity. With better equipment installed properly by a professional, all of these benefits of the home network will be experienced, reliably today and into the future.

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Check out the article originally published from Residential Tech Today here: https://restechtoday.com/spring-2021/

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