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The Importance of a Strong Home Network

by Michael Webster

A home network is a group of devices such as phones, tablets, computers, smart home technology, and gaming systems that connect to the internet and each other. By interconnecting, the devices can communicate with each other while in the vicinity of the home.

A home network can connect devices in two ways: wired and wirelessly. A wired network requires devices to be interconnected with cables, while a wireless network enables devices to communicate without wires. For many families, the adoption of new technology has made a home network just as valuable as other home utilities like gas and television.

Why is a home network so important?

  • A home network enables you to connect to the internet from multiple devices and share music, images, and files on devices connected to the network.
  • It makes it possible to stream movies, music, and other entertainment across multiple devices.
  • Streaming devices, gaming systems, and intelligent televisions have made it possible to soak in a wide range of content.
  • It enables you to share equipment, such as printers and scanners. For example, multiple computers can print to a single printer when connected to a home network.
  • It creates a simplified way to manage smart home devices, such as thermostats, cameras, and security devices.
  • It empowers you to enhance your smart home devices by seamlessly connecting them to an automated home.

Display of smart phone connecting to all of the wireless networks in a home.

The home network is the heart of all connected technology within a home. It supplies connected devices with the necessary data to keep them operating seamlessly. In recent years, there has been an explosive growth in the number of devices that require a connection to the home network. The expansion of a network with new devices and technologies can put a strain on the network equipment.

Your entertainment enjoyment, for example, is tied to a home network. No one wants to experience a spinning wheel or shuttering display while trying to watch a favorite show or movie — which is why a robust and healthy home network is essential.

How do you ensure your home network is healthy?

  • Protect your home network with necessary security features, such as a firewall and network password.
  • Manage cables and wires to help to maintain cables’ basic functionality and protect devices from a clogged airflow.
  • Keep a close eye on your network speed to determine any issues with your home network bandwidth.
  • Take care of your networking equipment by keeping it away from light, heat, moisture, and dust.

Wireless internet router with man working in the background.

Unfortunately, when not safeguarded, a home network can be a playground for malicious activities caused by people with ill intent. As we rely more on a home network, it’s crucial to invest in the upfront design and technology to ensure you’re receiving the fastest speeds and the highest levels of security.

Whether you’re looking to get started with a home network or you need to update your current home network to keep it running smoothly, we provide many options for robust, high-quality home network technology. Contact us to learn more about our products and services.