Operating a home network has become quite a bit simpler in the years since broadband Internet access was first introduced. Once it became possible for true high-speed data to be delivered to the home, it also became necessary for individual home users to educate themselves on the right and wrong way to set up their networks and home computer systems to take advantage of all that was now available.
The advent of so many mobile devices and Internet connected devices has only made the necessity for a strong, properly functioning home network that much more important. The benefits of having working digital devices at home are numerous, and the potential risks of having a network that is either not functioning properly or open to security threats can create expensive and time-consuming problems that should never have existed in the first place.
Here are some tips to consider for optimizing your home network:
While wireless technology has definitely come a long way in the last 20 years, there are considerable benefits to having wired connections between your devices whenever possible. Wired networks are not subject to the kinds of interference common in wireless transmissions. The location of the networked device is rarely an issue if it is connected to the network physically. Wired networks often have somewhat lower power requirements, especially if your network is deployed in a location that interferes with wireless transmissions.
But the most important advantage of a wired connection to high speed Internet is security. Wireless routers and networked devices can be detected and tampered with sometimes from a considerable distance. This can be disastrous if your network is connected to any kind of security device installed to protect your home.
The speed of your connection to your ISPs network is dependent on your purchased plan and the kind of facility provided to you by your ISP. On your side of your router, however, the speed of the network depends on your hardware.
The most important device on your network is your main router. This is the device that is physically installed between your ISP connection and the rest of the devices on your network. This device should be equipped with a hardware firewall. It should be rated for the absolute fastest network speeds possible and should have as many physical ports as possible so you are not left with devices you can’t connect.
In addition to a fast router, you should be certain your network cables are rated for the fastest possible speeds. It is a good idea to inspect your cables at least once a year and replace them as needed.
It doesn’t matter how fast your network is if you can’t use it. This is why security must be at the top of your priority list no matter how trivial you think your Internet connection is.