Integrating the computer network into your home can keep the wire mess at bay. Each wall can have it’s own Ethernet jack ready for a device to be plugged into it. In some cases, you could attach an additional hub or switch in order to increase the number of devices that are plugged into that single port. However, how can you build your home network in order to maximize your broadband capabilities?
1. Internet Access Point – As Internet speeds are vastly increasing while time marches on, you need an access device that can keep up with this increased bandwidth. Older devices that can handle an influx of 35Mb/s from your cable modem may provide functionality, but the 10/100 Ethernet port that is built into it could be bottlenecking your network at that point. Investing in a gigabit-capable Ethernet connection from the broadband device to your home network can help keep the bottleneck to a minimum as it will allow for greater transmission for multiple devices.
2. Switch – Whether this is a managed switch with port controls or an unmanaged switch simply connecting your home network together, spending the money on gigabit capacities for the home can be beneficial to your network other than intranet connectivity. Higher bandwidth capacities does more for you the simply downloading your music at insane speeds. It also contributes to how many computers can be accessing a variety of websites simultaneously without slowing the network down. Gigabit technologies can help the home network surpass those latency issues. Gigabit capable switches are also no longer the expensive trophies for network engineers they once were.
3. Cabling – Although Category 5e cable can greatly increase the bandwidth of your location by more than three times, laying the groundwork for Cat6 cable can save you time as technologies are continuing to advance for using the cable efficiently. This will provide you with increased bandwidth capabilities for present and future uses. If you want to be cheap and use older Category 5 cabling, then you have no one to blame but yourself when streaming Netflix is taking so long when your children are online and streaming their own videos and music.
4. Computer Connections – Most computers and laptops built today have integrated gigabit technology ready for improved networking. For older machines that are without, don’t fret. You are able to install gigabit networking cards into computers that can give you access to those same blazing speeds that your new computers are taking advantage of. These cards are relatively easy to install and inexpensive to buy.
5. Wireless Access Points – In order to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to wireless technologies at home, you’ll want to install Wireless N MIMO access points. These devices are rated to transfer data at speeds surpassing hardwired Category 5 and some Cat5e networks. If you want to go the extra mile and maximize your potential, investing in Wireless 802.11ac networking is the next step up and maximizes the wireless experience for networking far more efficiently than predecessors.
Although you’re only as fast as your slowest switch, you can still increase your efficiency by updating your equipment to the fullest capacities. You can still suffer terribly lag while trying to access certain sites based on the equipment that is leading from your location to that specific server. As access speed for a single device isn’t the only thing you are concerned about, having the high bandwidth within your network will make a profound difference even on sites and servers that are located behind substandard hardware and/or routing devices.
This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @ gmail.com.