With the Current Importance of Staying Connected at Home, Your Network is More Critical Than Ever
Our world is hyper-connected, and the current health crisis has demonstrated that acutely. We have come to depend on always-on connectivity, whether from smartphones, smart home devices, for audio and video entertainment, and much more.
In the current health crisis, many people are at home doing more than ever - work, school, staying in touch through video, and relying more on home-based entertainment options. With all that happening all day with multiple family members, many home networks are stretched to their limits.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure your family has the connectivity it needs for all your activities. Show and Tell AV offers home network installation services in the Salt Lake City area and throughout Utah with professional-grade equipment and software tools to keep you connected through this period and well beyond. Keep reading to learn more.
Many homes have the networking equipment supplied by the local internet service provider. While these modems and Wi-Fi routers (often combined into one unit) are functional, they tend to be one-size-fits-all approaches to networking. Larger homes and those with different construction may have different needs. For example, to ensure seamless Wi-Fi access throughout a property, we often use a wireless access point for every 1500 square feet of coverage area. One central router, especially those off-the-rack models from service providers, may not provide reliable coverage everywhere
Another aspect of networking is the quality of the equipment. We work with vendors like Araknis and Pakedge, which have a strong presence in commercial markets supplying robust networking solutions. Routers from companies like Pakedge employ simple to configure yet sophisticated software that lets us prioritize network traffic for optimal performance. That means your voice calls don’t drop, your videos don’t stutter or buffer, your smart devices work without delays, and your large file downloads don't unexpectedly fail.
What else about these solutions is commercial-quality? Remote monitoring capability lets us monitor your network to ensure your firewall is working and no one is trying to hack in. Remote management software like OvrC allows us to ensure every device in the system is up and running and enables remote software updates to ensure security and performance.
The latest Wi-Fi standard is Wi-Fi 6, which promises even higher speeds, up to a whopping 9.6 GBPS. That speed far exceeds typical high-speed internet connections of 100 to 300 MBPS (megabytes versus gigabytes) and offers significant headroom for faster video streaming and anything else that requires high bandwidth.
More importantly, for real-world performance, Wi-Fi 6 also doubles the capacity for routers to manage simultaneous streams on devices. That means more devices can connect at high speeds at the same time, which in today's household with many connected devices, promises better performance. We can specify, configure, and equip your space with this newer standard to maximize your home’s network performance and future-proof your connectivity for the next several years.
If you want to go even further with ultimate performance at home with many video streams and other data-intensive needs, fiber optic cable offers the highest speeds for a data backbone in your home. Best suited for a remodel or new construction situation, fiber cabling can meet future connectivity needs for many years and effectively support more modern generations of smart home devices and solutions.
If you want to stay securely connected now and into the future, consider upgrading to a professional home network installation. To learn more, we encourage you to set up a one-on-one consultation with our team. Just give us a call at (801) 444-3200, fill out our contact form, or chat with us below.