Desktop computers, laptops, tablets, routers, smartphones, smart speakers, gaming systems, network printers, media players.
Homes today have many if not all of these and each has all sorts of features and it would be useful if they all connected to one another. If only it wasn’t so challenging to get all these devices to relay information between them reliably.
Home networking can bring many benefits including:
- accessing emails on all your devices wherever you are
- being able to share files, photos, and other media with any other networked device
- printing from your smartphone or other devices even when not connected directly via a cable using AirPrint or Google Cloud Print
- viewing a baby photo album from your computer onto a Smart TV
- backing up all computers in the house to a centralised location via the network
- securing your activity on all devices at home with a protected WiFi network
Sounds good but how do we get all our devices to do all that?
What Your Home or Business Network Needs
Take a moment to imagine connecting all the computers and smart devices in your home or office via cables running everywhere. A much better solution is a wireless network to connect them altogether and to the Internet, which means setting up a router.
A router connects you to the Internet with its built-in modem and also connects all your devices to each other. The router does this by giving each device on your network its own address and communicates with them by wireless signal.
If your home or office is spread over several floors or you have thick walls you might have difficulties with WiFi dead spots, not to worry, you could try a mesh network using a primary router and many smaller satellites or nodes relaying the signals without loss of power or you could use a Powerline setup which uses your electrical wiring.
Securing Your Home or Business Network
Once your devices are connected you will need to secure your network to protect your personal information and prevent cyber attacks. These simple steps will help:
- change the default passwords on your router choosing something more complex than 123456 or “password”
- set up a guest network so visitors can access your WiFi without having to share access to your main network
- rename your WiFi network so it is not obvious its your premises or what router you have (for example change the name on a BT router)
These simple steps will make it harder for someone to identify which network you are on and hack into your system.
For business networks there are other considerations too but the above is a good starting point.
It may seem a bit of a headache getting all your devices networked and running smoothly and securely but you will be glad you did. If you need any help give us a call today on 01543 889 444