building your home network

5 Easy Steps to Build Your Home Network

Your home network is the backbone of your entire home media and needs careful consideration during the installation process.

Even as more people embrace the smart home device revolution, there are thousands of ways to get your whole system corrupted. Without a strong home network design, you could be troubleshooting for weeks before you know what went wrong in your system.

Follow these 5 tips to create a home network design that fits your needs and safety concerns.

1. Determine Your Coverage Needs

One of the most important elements in understanding what you need for your home network is to know what coverage is needed. Every home is different, with various challenges and advantages.

For instance, while you might struggle to get a wireless signal up in your attic, you should also consider how much computing you plan to do in there as well. If you’re struggling to get around strange corners or from one place to another, perhaps focus on other key areas instead.

If you’re installing a home theater, music system, remote camera or lighting and shades, it’s important to know what proper wireless layout and channeling is required. This is where working with a professional installer comes in handy. They’ll be able to handle such things as Gigabit routers and switches, AC wireless products, and proper wiring of your entire home using wired access points over wireless extenders.

2. Decide on Wired or Wireless

While a wired network is faster than a wireless one, most new technology is wireless. Between the rise of smart devices and the Internet of Things, more appliances and devices you buy in the coming years may not even have a wired port.

Depending on how your system currently works, you could centralize the wired region and then use access points throughout the house. Access points allow you to transmit your signal further than your wireless router could normally reach.

The access points will wire into your home’s electrical current and use that as a way to improve your Internet signal.

3. Choose Data Backup

There are many wireless devices and routers that now pair with backup systems. Whether you’re just a casual photographer or a serious programmer, having a backup of your data is essential to ensure you don’t lose anything valuable.

You can set up a wireless automatic backup connected to your wireless router. Via your router, your data will backup while you’re using your machine or, if you set it up the right way, you can have it back up while you’re sleeping.

Additionally, look into cloud storage as a viable way to ensure your system is backed up properly. The cloud offers flexibility and scalability in today’s connected world.

4. Make It Secure

You’ll need to ensure that your data is secure with not only a strong password but also high-quality security software. Select a complex Wi-FI password and good security protocol.

To maximize your home wireless network security, consider changing the name of your default home network as well. This will make it more difficult to succumb to malicious attacks.

Furthermore, consider shutting off your home network when you’re away.

5. Finalize Your Layout

The ideal home network design is functional and customized to fit your needs. Integrating technology into your design, whether it’s for your landscape or the interior of your home, it’s vital to iron out all the details with a professional home media and design installation company.

For outdoor projects, such as swimming pools and entertaining areas, getting the home network design right the first time around will save a lot of headaches in the future. With summer quickly approaching, now is the right time to finalize your projects so that you can enjoy the upcoming warm days and nights.

Now that you’ve figured out the specifics, you can lay out how you want data to flow. Finalize your layout and you’ll know what you need and how the network will interact. Pay close attention to how you set it up and take extensive notes to make troubleshooting easier later on.

Simplicity is Key for Your Home Network

Integrating your home network into the overall design of your home is an important step in creating an enjoyable living environment. With proper planning and the right technology, you’ll have the perfect system that will give you years of immense satisfaction, whether you’re entertaining or having a peaceful evening at home.

If you want tips on your home network installation, contact us for assistance.

Element Integration is an electronic and automation installation company serving both residential and commercial clients around North Carolina. As an experienced specifier and educator to architects and building designers, we offer training and specifications for projects from concept to completion.