Home Networking Mistakes to Avoid

Many people are happy to have a go at setting up their own home networking systems. Some will find enough information from the internet to guide them through the set up stages, but others will prefer to leave it in the hands of a capable professional home network installer.

When it comes to the set-up, a lot of people can make easy mistakes, especially when trying to handle a complex home network system where they may struggle with new equipment and devices, network  configurations, wireless standards, etc. Sometimes it can be so confusing, the whole job could be performed much quicker and much more smoothly when put into the hands of a professional.

For those who don’t live, eat and breathe IT, we have put together a top five list of mistakes to avoid when setting up your own home networking system.

  1. Failing to determine your network’s needs

When buying networking equipment, most people are simply wishing to be able to hook up a laptop, tablet and smart TV with internet access. However, many will not realise the amount of coverage they may need, or the fact that there may be other electronic devices that will need hooking up further down the line. Even types of walls and the number of floors you have in your home can seriously affect the quality of coverage you can achieve.

The way to avoid this problem is to do a bit of homework. Look at the layout of your home, measure the rooms look at the construction materials used. For example, a WIFI signal is going to reach through a wall made of plasterboard much easier than trying to get through a wall made of solid stone. Make sure you buy equipment of adequate strength and quality that will provide you with good coverage in all the rooms you wish to use gadgets such as tablets, TV’s and laptops.

  1. Failing to record old router settings

Most people with existing home networking systems will need to upgrade their routers from time to time. A common mistake made here is to fail to record their important information such as passwords and usernames before completely ripping out their old router.  Always make sure that you note these down and keep them in a safe place for later use after installing your new router.

  1. Placing your router in the wrong place

Home wireless routers are not the most attractive looking pieces of equipment. This is why they are often consigned to the corner of a room or put out of sight hidden behind heavy furniture or in a cupboard. To get the best from your new router, it is wise to place it out in the open. If you don’t want to look at it, then maybe an open hallway would be a good place to put it. Keeping it near to the centre of the home is optimal.

  1. Plugging into the wrong port

This is an easy mistake to make, but it is overlooked by so many people that it’s worth double checking anyway. One of the most common troubleshooting problems home network installers find when they are called out to fix a problem is that the Ethernet cable from the modem to the router has been plugged incorrectly into a LAN port instead of the WAN/Internet port. By checking to make sure it goes into the right socket can save you a lot of back-tracking further down the line.

  1. Not configuring WIFI security

Many people, especially those that are not very IT savvy, will leave their security set up on the default mode. Leaving your network open can obviously cause security issues, so change the default passwords to get into the router to something secure and memorable only to yourself. Remember to also write everything down! It can be easy to forget passwords after a while, especially as we have to use so many different ones these days.