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Wired and Wireless Networks - The System Backbone

In the past when talking about networks, wired and wireless, this would be associated to businesses and offices. However, this isn’t the case as we become much more ‘connected’ in our homes.

For example, in the average home, you’ll find multiple laptops, tablets, smart phones, smart TVs, printers, games consoles, Sky TV, DVD / Blu-ray players… the list goes on. Not forgetting what we want to use our network for. Streaming music services such as TuneIn Radio, Napster, Spotify and streaming video services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, On Demand and Catch Up TV. Don’t forget, watching YouTube to help create world records along with Skype and Facetime to communicate.

Wireless Network

So it’s often taken for granted when looking at networks around the home. People just expect it to work and when it doesn’t, there’s lots of complaints, especially from the kids. This often isn’t helped by Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) providing ‘built to a price’ (aka cheap) wireless routers that claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. The problem is, they’re not. There’s a reason they’re often given away free when signing up! We recently tried using our ISP provided router for a month (we were generous to let it stay that long), but during that month, we had nothing but problems. The worst being, if our internet connection dropped, we had to manually reconnect as it wouldn’t do it automagically. Needless to say, our patience ended (and all those connected) and it was replaced with a tried and tested product that hasn’t missed a beat and emphasizes, you get what you pay for!

It’s so important to take manufacturer claims with a pinch of salt, they’re trying to sell products. They of course offer the world and the ‘best’ wireless connection there is, but at a budget price. The two don’t go together. This is the same for buying online or in a high street store. The promises on the boxes are huge and the sales staff in the store state "it will cover your whole house no problem". Have they been to your house? Do they know how big it is? Do they know what it's construction is and that it can have a dramatic impact on your wireless coverage?

When looking a networking devices, it can be an expensive outlay, but you have to remember why. Networking (wired and wireless) is now such an integral part to everyday life, but we don’t want to spend the money on it. It’s no surprise that people feel this way about the network. Unlike your AV equipment or the smart home system that you can see, touch, feel and experience, networking equipment is largely invisible; it sits hidden and out of mind somewhere—on a shelf, in a cupboard, in a cellar, or in a rack—silently working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ensuring that your services, videos, emails, etc., get to where they are needed. The only time you think about it is when you lose connectivity, or when your system doesn’t work the way you thought it would. But this is exactly why the network matters. It is the foundation of your smart home and your AV system. It is the single most important thing that you should never worry about.

Broadband speeds are also increasing, as are the number of connected devices on the home, putting yet more strain on your network.

Here's the average UK Household Download Speeds over a 3 year period (% Improvement vs Prior Report);

  • March 2016 = 28.9Mbps
  • February 2015 = 22.8Mbps (+21.93%)
  • October 2014 = 18.7Mbps (+5.06%)
  • April 2014 = 17.8Mbps (+21.09%)
  • August 2013 = 14.7Mbps (+22.50%)
  • March 2013 = 12Mbps (+34%)

With this increase in speed, the demand increases yet more and more for streaming services and the equipment to service that demand needs to be fast and reliable.

We’ll spend hundreds on TV’s, mobile phones, laptops etc, but we expect the ‘free’, 'all in one' router to service these devices without any problems. We also want to be able to connect to the internet in the house wherever we are using the wireless and not expect it to slow down, or lose connection totally. Even if you’re in the garden or want an outbuilding connected to you network, this is all possible.

Aperio Audio Visual have been trained and involved in wired and wireless networks for years and have enough experience to know that you get what you pay for when building a network, but it doesn't have to break the bank. Also don’t forget, if you move home, you can take it with you, so it’s an investment that’ll give you a reliable, fast and trouble free network without the headaches for years to come. Something you can really set and forget so you can get on with your everyday life.

Now we have to finish with a sales pitch. Let us take this trouble away, as we've a vast experience with networking and security, Aperio Audio Visual will help identify and offer solutions to your networking troubles. Build for the future as the demands are only going to increase. Contact us now to discuss your requirements.

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