The home network is quickly becoming the most important appliance in the home. This is due to the huge increase in streaming music and video services along with social media and its constant connection.
As consumers demand faster speeds, getting these speeds can be harder than you might expect in a larger home. For homes under 1,500 sq feet, the device supplied by the internet service provider (ISP) is usually perfectly fine and provides fast coverage all of the entire home. With larger homes, things get more complicated as you need to add additional wireless access points (WAP) around the home. If the client has a large outdoor entertainment area, a weatherproof outdoor WAP becomes necessary.
Many clients will just change out to a faster device from their ISP and try to add it to their older network system and be disappointed. We see this happen a lot as the older, slower gear bogs down when it sees the much higher speeds and actually provides worse performance than it did with a slower connection.
Planning for a high performance network, capable of concurrent streaming services is critical to the best experience for the homeowner. Wireless access points require they be hard wired back to the main router and this should be done with CAT6 cable for best performance.
As network security becomes more and more of a concern for clients, it is important to design a network where security patches and updates can be pushed out without the client having to do anything on their part. Some providers of consumer networks include this as part of their service to their clients. Patches can be pushed out remotely and these type of networks can also be remotely monitored.
Another trend that is relatively new is the self healing network. Everyone has probably experienced a network outage that was fixed by a “reboot” of the network equipment. The self healing network has a device that checks the internet connection and if it fails, reboots the correct associated equipment in the correct order to restore the network. This can also usually be done remotely by the network provider and allows them to also reboot those cable boxes and streaming video boxes that lock up from time to time.
In 2019 and into the future, the network will become a more critical part of the home. Providing a fast, stable, and secure network can be done, but does require some planning up front. At Audio Advice, we've recently launched our 24/7 Technology Concierge PlatformTM to help your clients monitor, maintain and manage their home networks. This includes remote firmware updates, performance testing, and remote reboot and troubleshooting. Contact us today to learn more.