Home Networking Setup – Everything You Need to Know
Imagine working from your laptop at home while one child is conducting research online for school and another child is streaming a TV show on Netflix. Fortunately, all that online internet time is possible through a home networking setup. Although, setting up a home network might seem like a daunting task. Luckily, at Synergy, we are experts in setting up home network systems for our clients. We do all the hard work while you reap the benefits of enjoying all your favorite shows, music, and movies online throughout the entire house on every connected device.
Before you venture into the world of home networking, it is important to know a little more about the technology that makes it a reality. Below, we share everything about the subject, from all the tech terms involved in home networks to the advantages that a wireless home network provides. Furthermore, we even answer a few frequently asked questions. Interested in having a home network setup now? Give us a call at 919-324-3592 to request a free estimate, or complete our simple contact form.
Glossary of Tech Terms for Home Networking Setup
Whether you do not consider yourself tech-savvy or are just unsure of what a home network setup is, it is important to first understand a few key tech terms related to home networking setup. Below are the top devices and features related to a home network.
- Wireless Network (Wi-Fi) – Wi-Fi stands for Wireless Fidelity but is commonly known as a wireless network. Ultimately, a Wi-Fi network allows all devices in one location to connect wirelessly together and to the same internet connection.
- Modem – This device connects either a router, or a wired computer, to an internet connection through a cable.
- Router – This device utilizes a wireless signal to connect all devices in a home to the internet connection through the modem. A broadband router tends to be more secure than a Wi-Fi router. However, a Wi-Fi router allows a larger range.
- Access Point – A wireless access point broadcasts the Wi-Fi signal. It is either used in conjunction with a router, or is part of a wireless router.
- Gateway – A multi-functional device that serves as both a modem and a router.
- Network Name (SSID) – SSID stands for Service Set Identifier. This sounds complicated, but it simply means the name of the wireless network. For example, many people utilize their family’s last name. Such as, Brown Network. Often, many people leave the SSID assigned by their internet provider. For example, MySpectrum1.
- Network Password (Key) – This is the password created to access the wireless network. This is crucial to set up, since it prevents strangers from utilizing your network and creating a security risk. Typically, it is best to use upper and lower case, and a mix of numbers and letters.
- Ethernet Cable – Usually, this is the cable to use in wired networks, as well as connecting the modem to the router for wireless networks.
- IP Address – An Internet Protocol (IP) address is unique to every computer or device connected to a network. Every IP address is a set of numbers and decimals.
- Local Area Network (LAN) – Often referred to as a local network, this a group of computers or devices linked to the same communications line. For instance, home networks are a common type of LAN.
- Firewall – This is a security tool that keeps unauthorized users off your network and from accessing personal information on devices connected to your home network.
- Internet Service Provider (ISP) – This refers to the business that provides your internet services and varies depending on where you are located. In certain parts of North Carolina, particularly rural, residents only have certain internet service provider options.
Advantages of Setting up a Home Network
Now, you might be asking yourself how you will benefit from a home network installation. There are numerous advantages to setting up a home network. Below are just a few of the biggest ones.
- Reliable connection
- Faster downloading speeds
- Easier connection for every device at home
- Enhanced home automation systems
There is nothing worse than seeing a spinning wheel on a browser and not knowing if, or when, you will connect to the internet. Whether you are streaming a movie with the family or updating a Google spreadsheet for work, waiting is never desirable in today’s fast-paced world. As we enter the winter months, it is likely your family will spend even more time indoors at home. This means you need a reliable network for school assignments, work, and entertainment. Fortuitously, a home network provides that dependable connection your family needs for work or fun.
Faster Downloading Speeds
A home network works seamlessly, from transmitting internet access to the modem all the way to displaying data and images on your computer screen or television monitor. In turn, these devices working together smoothly means not only a stable connection, but faster downloading speeds. At Synergy, we only install top-of-the-line equipment in our home networks. Thus, this guarantees quick transmission of data on every connected device in your house.
Easier Connection for Every Device at Home
If you are downstairs on your laptop, but really need access to a file on a tablet upstairs, you can skip the numerous steps when you have a home network. Every wireless device in your house that utilizes Wi-Fi connects through that network. That means once it is set up properly, you can easily access data from one device to another with a touch of a button or click of a mouse.
Enhanced Home Automation Systems
A strong home network enhances your home automation system. If you have been considering home automation for safety or ease-of-use reasons, then a home network sets the groundwork for that service. A smart home provides numerous benefits to homeowners, from security options with timed lights to the comfort of HVAC controls. Learn more about those great features by reading our Smart Home Automation Installation blog.
Home Networking – Frequently Asked Questions
Now that you know the basic terms and all the advantages of a home network, you likely have numerous questions about home networks. We have the information you need! Below are some commonly asked questions on the topic that we hear from potential clients. If you do not see your answer below, then do not worry. Simply, give us a call at 919-324-3592 and we would be happy to answer any of your home networking setup questions.
What is the typical Wi-Fi range?
The Wi-Fi range depends on three factors:
- Power of devices in the network
- Wi-Fi standard (services and protocols that determine how the Wi-Fi network acts)
While it varies depending on the above factors, a good Wi-Fi network typically has a range of 150 feet from the access point. There are also devices now known as Wi-Fi extenders that boost the signal and provide additional range if you need broader coverage.
Where should I place our wireless home router?
It is important to place the wireless router in a spot that provides maximum internet access throughout the entire house. Here are a few tips on placing your wireless router:
- Place it in the open and preferably on a high, central point in the house, not in a buried corner.
- If you have a two-story home, place closer to the ceiling on the first floor or closer to the floor on the second floor. However, do not place the router on the floor!
- Avoid areas that have brick, stone, or concrete walls.
- You do not need to place by windows. In fact, that sends most of your signal outside.
- Avoid placing it next to the TV, DVD player, or gaming console. This disrupts a router’s performance.
- Cordless phones and microwaves impact your router’s performance, so avoid placing it near those items.
How do you configure your router?
After you decide on placement, the next step is router configuration. This is another great reason to hire a home networking setup company as they can take care of these pesky and challenging logistics. They will ensure the Wi-Fi router connects correctly to the cable modem and through the right ethernet port. When completed correctly, you will have a great wireless connection throughout your house.
Is a wired network or wireless network better?
In today’s digital world of iPads and smart televisions, most homes choose a wireless network. However, wired networks tend to be faster, so choosing a mixed home network is the best of both worlds. This allows you to have a wired connection for your computer for work, but the rest of the family can still stream movies or TV shows wirelessly throughout the house.
How much does a home network installation cost?
There is no one set cost for a home network installation. We provide free estimates for every home networking job. This allows you to see all potential costs up front. We will work with you every step of the way to stay within your budget and provide you with the home network you need. Two big factors that impact the cost of a home network installation are:
- The devices you select
- Wiring they will require
What devices can I connect to a home network setup?
The sky really is the limit is the answer to this question. Pretty much any device that has a built-in Wi-Fi connection can connect to your home network. Below are only a few examples of devices that can connect to your home network.
- Cell Phone
- Gaming Systems (X-Box, PS4, etc.)
- Smart Appliances
- Virtual Assistant (Alexa, Google Assistant, etc.)
- Speakers (Google Home, Amazon Echo, etc.)
Do I need to regularly reboot my router?
Yes! Just like any other technology it requires software updates sometimes, so rebooting it every so often allows it to continually work at peak performance.
How do I test my internet speeds?
It is important to ensure your internet provider is delivering the promised internet speeds you pay for every single month. Click here to visit a site that quickly tests your internet speeds.
Synergy Picks – Top Brands in Home Networking
At Synergy, we pride ourselves on installing only the best brands of technology in all our services to our clients. We understand the importance of high quality when it comes to home networking devices. Below are our top four choices for home networking brands.
When we conduct our first call with you, we will discuss your home networking needs and budget, then we will work closely with you to provide device suggestions that fit those needs.
Get Started by Calling Synergy Integrated Systems Today!
Why wait for a great connection and reliable internet access throughout the house any longer? Give us a call at 919-324-3592 today to request your free estimate! Still not sure if you want a wired home network or clueless on what a wireless access point is? Do not worry, we will be happy to answer any questions you have when you give us a call. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for photos of some of our work.