How well your wireless network performs could have as much to do with the configuration of your equipment and cables as it does the level of your wireless plan. A logical mapped-out setup can give you a signal, enhance your security, and reduce that annoying buffering while you’re watching your favorite streaming service.

 

Below we cover the core principles of home network systems and what you need to optimize your viewing and listening experience.

Principle #1: Use Wires Instead of Wireless

There is nothing more convenient or clean looking than a wireless device. However, a wireless device cannot provide a stronger connection than a wired device. It comes down to physics. Throwing data across the room from one device to another doesn’t always provide a strong, clean signal. In fact, many signals are broken or interrupted by the countless other signals flying around the room from other devices.

 

The cleanest, fastest, and most powerful signals still travel directly through cables. Therefore, try to use wires wherever possible. For instance, try to avoid utilizing the wireless capabilities on your television, desktop computer, or major appliance—basically any stationary device.

Principle #2: Avoid Bottlenecks

If you purchased an internet plan with the highest level of broadband possible, then make sure that your modem and router can handle the digital traffic. If not, the network is going to bottleneck frequently. The bottleneck of digital data is what causes buffering.

 

You may believe that the bottlenecking is occurring because everyone in your house is using too many devices. This is true to some extent, but only if your modem or router can’t handle the high level of data transfer. So, if you are watching Netflix and the show is constantly buffering, you may want to change the equipment to a more powerful router and modem.

Principle #3: Minimize Traffic Using Switches 

A network switch connects multiple devices together and bridges them into a single network. Switches control the flow of data to different devices. By using a switch, you can determine how much data flows through the router where to which device it travels.

A switch can minimize how much traffic comes in and out of the router and minimize buffering or data bottlenecks.

Principle #4: Install Third-Party Firmware On Your Router

The firmware that comes with your router is unreliable, has limited ability, and leaves your entire network vulnerable. Third-party firmware is safer and gives you for more options and features for protecting and controlling your network. It will also give your router optimal performance and greater durability. You can protect your devices, home automation, storage drives, and your personal information.

Get Your Network Professionally Installed in Minneapolis

JJ Orion offers premier home network, installation for homeowners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We offer networks that give your internet optimal web performance for all your devices and your automated systems.

 

To find out more about our audio/video products or to schedule a consultation, visit our Minneapolis location. You can also call us at 651-641-1376 or send a message on our contact page.

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