Bernadette came from a big family– she had 3 sisters and 2 brothers all of which had their own kids. Needless to say, she had lots of present shopping to do. She also knew that she and the rest of her family would be receiving lots of presents in return. As her kids were, 11 and 15, she guessed that more than likely they would be getting electronics for Christmas, and more than likely those electronics could connect to the internet.
Bernadette had a Home Theater in Los Angeles installed some time ago, and thus had her router relocated to co-habitate with that equipment. She hadn’t had any trouble connecting to the Internet lately, but she did only have 1 iMac and and iPhone connected to the internet. After talking to her siblings, she realized that a Wii for the kids, an iPad for her Husband and a Blu-ray Player with Netlflix on demand would be coming into her home in the next few weeks. Of course, that led her to the question, was her computer network ready for all these new devices?
At Technospeak we are getting this question more and more often from our customers as Christmas approaches. The average household in the U.S. now has between 3-6 Internet connected devices in their home centered around their Home Theater in Los Angeles. Some have 10 or more. As we add more devices to our Computer networks however, we have the potential for networking problems to arise and frustration and disappointment to be the result. There are a few things we recommend you do to ensure a trouble free Internet experience for all devices:
(1) Install only Gigabit rated Networking Gear. This is probably the most common error we see when consumers try to build their computer network on their own. They see a $30 router at Wal-mart and think it should be able to run their entire network. Unfortunately this $30 router is not capable of reliably sending and receiving the amount of data required to enjoy things like Pandora, Netflix and VUDU. It is only designed for basic emailing and some Internet surfing and it certainly is not rated for Gigabit level data transfer. Spend $150 to $200 on your Router to make sure it can reliably handle any data you can throw at it.
(2) Any networked devices that permanently reside in the home should have a wired connection to the network. It is very easy to connect a networked device wirelessly as long as the right password sequence is entered into the device. However, if that device is going to stay in the home, resist this temptation. Wireless devices bog down your entire computer network as they are not capable of sending and receiving the same amount of data as a wired device is. Our general rule of thumb is that if the device permanently resides in the home, make it a wired internet connection. Leave the wireless connection two devices like iPhones and iPad that have no wired connection possibility.
(3) Wireless devices should all be capable of sending and receiving data at the same speed. There are 3 different speeds of wireless network cards in today’s electronic devices – B, G and N. B is the slowest wireless connection and can be found in things like Wii consoles. N is the fastest wireless connection and can be found in things like Ipad2’s and Macbook Air’s. A computer network in a home is only as fast as the slowest device connected to the network. Thus if Sally’s network had 1 Wireless B device and 2 wireless G devices and Jennifer’s network had 3 Wireless N devices, Jennifer’s network speed would be much faster than Sally’s. Do the best you can to make sure that all your wireless devices are off the same speed and the most of them that are capabile of Wireless N speeds, the better.
Beyond this, our best advice is to hire a company like Technospeak whose expertise in computer networking and integrating multiple wireless devices in a home ensures that the only thing you are doing with your networked electronics is unwrapping them and enjoying them. Want to find out more about how we can help you with your computer network? Call us today at 855-832-4775 or email us at [email protected]