Home Network Installation: DIY or Professional Upgrade
How Do You Get the Best Performance from Your Network?
We’ve all been here: the kids are on their smartphone Wi-Fi, your spouse is using their tablet, and you’re trying to stream the latest Netflix series. Then, everything slows down.
If that’s ever happened to you, you probably know it means its time for a home network installation upgrade.
And with the prevalence of DIY and wireless technology, you wouldn’t be crazy to think it’s just a weekend-afternoon project. But installing and upgrading a network can be more complicated than you expect.
So, should you go with a professional installation or can you do it yourself? This blog will explore the differences. Just keep reading for more.
If you’re handy with technology, you may consider upgrading your network by yourself. That means installing your router, running cables, and ensuring each device connects properly with the system.
In a small apartment, a wireless router may suffice to connect each of your devices to the internet. But in a large house – where you need coverage downstairs, upstairs, and around the backyard, it’s going to take a bit more work.
A wireless mesh network may be the easiest DIY option, because it will offer full coverage throughout your entire property. A mesh network consists of nodes strategically placed throughout your property that generate a web of connections. When you’re within the web, you won’t suffer any dead spots.
If you’re looking for simple connections between each device, you’ll probably end up quite happy with a wireless mesh network. But if you want to establish smart-home quality networking, you’re likely going to want a hardwired solution.
The first thing a professional installer will do when they take the job is sit down with you to discover what you want and need out of your network.
Then, they’ll design a layout that includes the placement of your nodes, wires, routers, and sources. Once that’s approved, they’ll begin installation.
In most cases, professional installers recommend hardwired networks. They tend to be more reliable and faster than wireless solutions. They’ll efficiently run cables through the walls and ceiling to ensure full coverage of your entire property.
Once everything is installed, they’ll begin programming. If you’re upgrading to a smart home, programming includes integration of all your devices under a single interface.
Also, installers will use prioritization software to ensure you’re getting the most efficient service in every room of your home.
After installation, your integrator will remain on call to service and maintain their work – and you can get back to enjoying Netflix with the family in no time.
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