DO YOU NEED A MORE RELIABLE FASTER HOME NETWORK LAN?
Below we'll discuss effective home networking installations and cabling, and about the ROI of maximising the capability to your home network broadband and wifi.
ISP Supplied Routers
Whether you use Virgin, Sky, BT, Plusnet etc the router they supply is never a plug and play option for the best performance, even the Virgin Superhub 3 which is a vast improvement over the earlier models requires tuning to the the best performance (faster downloads and best wifi range), whether you have the most up-to-date iPhone or a 10 year old laptop running Windows 7.
If you have an Apple or Android device that's 5GHz but only supports 802.11n and not ac, and you have to set your router at '802.11n/ac mixed' to gain internet access, unless you regularly connect within 10 feet of the router, you may find you get a faster download speed from your 'old' 2.4GHz 802.11n signal. And remember to set your 2.4GHz to 802.11n and not 802.11n/g mixed. You'll have to own a pretty old device to still require g prefix settings.
Think of all the things that are connected daily to your home network! Laptop or Desktop PC, Smartphone, Tablet, Smart TV, Netflix, Chromecast, Sonos or Bose WiFi speakers, Home Group ReadyShare, NAS Drive Network Attached Storage, WiFi Printers, WiFi Scanners, Smart refrigerator, Smart doorbell, CCTV Security systems & cameras, strong and reliable signals are vital.
Remember, stronger signals mean faster speeds! WiFi signal boosters or range extenders don't work, and will not stop your Sky router signal drop-outs.
Unreliable BT Home Broadband?
If you suffer from an unreliable home setup, Low signal strength, slow connection issues, storms, range extender dropouts or crashes, When setup correctly there's no contest over dual router setups and Powerline systems, Powerline may be of preference if your interior design would make it difficult to hide the ethernet cables.
Also if you have to use Powerline, don't use it on part of you home network and ethernet on the other, increases in interference from the Powerline lower the overall performance of the entire network.
If you're unlucky enough to still have a Sky Hub 1 (SR101) or even a Sky Hub 2 (SR102) (6 inch square and 2 inches in depth) you have got one of the worst routers ever provided from a UK ISP. There is no shielding for RF interference within these routers which is why you get so many dropouts.
What Ethernet Cables Are Best
So what Ethernet cable should you use for your home network? Our advice today would be Cat7, this is fully backwards compatible with Cat5e, which many of you would have been supplied with when you bought your new Router.
There's a Cat7a and even a Cat8, the former ruled out due to expense, the latter is reserved mainly for Data Centre technologies.
Chromecast Google Home
If you use Chromecast and your casting device (tablet smartphone) spends a long time in sleep mode, you may get and issue when you wake your device that you get dropouts and slow connections within your network. During it's 'sleep mode' any device will send packets in it's attempt to stay connected to the wifi, the problem starts when your smartphone or tablet are 'woken up' the Chromecast device itself starts flooding your network. This can become so bad that the only cure is to reboot your router to clear the memory.
Still have 'home run' cables for your security system? Read about how many Network Attached Storage NAS providers include CCTV Apps for both IOS and Android, so you can view your security system with ease from your smartphone (dependant upon WiFi system reliability of course).
Most IPS routers now have the feature where you can access your home network from the outside to access, games, music, videos etc stored on your NAS, it's easier than ever to setup security protocols that allow certain members of your household to access only certain areas of your network and files.