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What is Home Networking?
A Home Networking system is a complete system of cabling and associated hardware, which provides a comprehensive infrastructure. This infrastructure serves a wide range of uses, such as to provide telephone service, transmit data through a computer network, or distribute audio or video signal. If you have a lot of floor space to cover, then a wired solution enables you to stretch your network further than a wireless one.
– A hardwired network offers consistent speeds and performance without being affected by environmental factors.
– Activities like video streaming (YouTube, Netflix, Hulu) perform better with a hardwired connection.
By implementing hardwired and wireless solutions in a Home Networking system we can help you balance comfort and convenience with optimum performance.
Why not just use Wireless?
While being extremely convenient, wireless is much more susceptible to interference and connectivity issues than hardwired devices. Radio waves can be blocked by walls and floors. Other wireless devices can interfere with the signal, including things you wouldn’t think of like microwaves and cordless phones, as well as nearby routers using the same channel. Even the atmosphere can cause problems.
Properly designed, WiFi can be a great complement to a Home Networking system!
Wireless Access Point (WAP)
- Provides wireless access to your network
- Extend the range of your wireless network to eliminate poor signal or ‘dead spots’
- Can be mounted on a wall, ceiling, or sit on a desk
- Can be mounted flush with any wall or ceiling for a nearly invisible look without loss of performance
- Available in black and white
- Powered by PoE/PoE+, the WAP can be placed anywhere without the need for an electrical outlet nearby
Components of a Network
Your router acts as the brain of your network, redirecting and assigning data to their proper destinations. To get the most out of your network you need a router that offers all the features required for a seamless and scalable A/V system.
A network switch connects devices together on a computer network. It receives, processes, and forwards data to the connected devices. Switches can also supply PoE. Switches are rated based on how quickly they can perform these tasks, the current network Standard being gigabit. PoE and PoE+ enabled components have the ability to pass electric power along with data on twisted pair Ethernet cabling. This allows a single cable to provide both data connection and electric power to devices such as wireless access points, IP cameras, and VoIP phones.