It's finally become possible to create an entirely wireless home theater. The Internet of Things means that televisions, speakers, and other systems can all be connected through WiFi, which means that you don't need to individually run cables to each one. Here's what you need to know.
Getting the Right Supplies
Speakers, televisions, consoles, and entertainment systems: all of them can be used wirelessly today. Wireless home theaters have some major advantages: you are free to place your devices wherever you want, you don't need to deal with cumbersome cords, and your room will be more attractive overall. On the other hand, you do still need to have power cords available, and wireless systems can be a little more technical to set up. As long as you have wireless-capable devices all you really need is:
● A powerful wireless router. The faster your router is, the better. Your router controls how fast the network is within your own home.
● A strong Internet connection for streaming. If you're going full wireless, many of your devices are going to be streaming over the Internet rather than through a cable account. That requires bandwidth.
Reducing Interference From Other Devices
Did you know that microwaves can affect the performance of a router? It's true -- certain types of router can be impacted by different signals. Make sure that your router is not positioned close to any other electronic devices in order to remove this type of interference. If you do experience interference in your home (slow speeds or intermittent connections), you may want to disconnect your wireless devices one by one. Sometimes signals can interfere with each other, even though it is rare.
Boosting Signal Within Your Theater Room
In addition to reducing interference, you may also need to boost your signal. You can do this by installing a router directly in your theater room. Keep in mind as well that WiFi works via line-of-sight. Your actual connectivity through the Internet is going to be dependent on where your router is, so it isn't enough to just place a repeating router in your room -- you want it directly connected to your data line.
Making Sure Everything Is Secured
Your Internet-capable devices are going to be connected to your home network, and that means they could be potentially vulnerable to hacking or intrusion. Make sure that you reset the password on all of your devices, that they all have unique passwords, and that they are all updated with the newest versions of their software. Your networked computers should be similarly protected.
Only newer and more advanced systems can be used wirelessly, so you may need to invest a little more money and time into your build. The experts at JJ Orion, located in Edina, MN, can help you find a fully-featured and compatible wireless home theater system -- and help you price it all out and keep it in your budget.
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