Networking Equipment Essentials
Your home network is a system that links up all of your electronic devices to each other and the internet. Your home network can be run through a wired or a wireless system, and will have a central connecting point called a hub.
This makes it easy for you to share information between your devices, such as being able to access files, share a printer, and stream movies and videos to your TV, laptop, tablet or phone. All of your internet enabled devices will be able to connect to services outside of your home.
Benefits of Setting Up a Home Network
There are many benefits to setting up a home network. Not only will it help you save a lot of time when wanting to transfer information from one device to another, but it will allow you to access a single internet connection to power a wide range of electronic devices and gadgets at the same time.
You can utilise so many services with your home network that many people are only just catching up with, such as Voice Over IP (VOIP) telephone system, cloud storage, downloading media to digital video recorders, your home security system, media players, video game consoles, mobile phones and hand-held devices.
Essential Networking Components of a Home Network
Lets take a look at what equipment you will need to set up your home network system:
- Internet Modem
- Ethernet Hub
- Wireless Router
The above pieces of equipment are your essentials to have that will enable you to set up a working home network system. Setting up your network can be quite straight-forward for those with some practical knowledge of how computer systems work.
There is plenty of guidance available about how to assemble your equipment for optimum performance, but if you are a little nervous about setting up your network by yourself, it can be very cost-effective to hire in a professional home network installer to take care of this for you.
Hiring in an expert can also save you a lot of time and frustration if you are not confident about doing this by yourself. Sometimes it can be cheaper to hire in a professional to set your network up from scratch than actually hire them to fix an issue when something goes wrong when you attempt to do this by yourself.
Lets take a look at some optional devices that can be included in your home network. If you would like to add these options in, then talk to your chosen home network installer and they will be happy to include these for you when hooking up your devices.
- Voice Over IP Telephone (SKYPE)
- Media Extenders for displaying audio-visual content on your TV
- Internet-Enabled Video Game Systems
- Home Security Systems
- Cloud storage services
- Physical storage devices
- Networked Printers
- Laptops and tablets
- Smart white goods (fridges etc.)
Many people forget to add their home printers to their home network, especially if they have been used to having it hard-wired directly to their home computer. New home printers usually come WIFI and network enabled, so if you are replacing an old printer you can now have it networked and accessible by any other device on your network.