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Nowadays, there are high chances that you either have a wireless network in your home, or you are planning to install one. The success of wireless networks depends on proper design.
In the course of last few years, there has been a significant increase in the usage of wireless networks. Nowadays, all of us use several devices and these gadgets have little use without the internet. Though the wired networks are also available, the wireless networks are more of a lifesaver.
Here are a few points to remember while you configure the wireless network for your home.
Determine the Need of the Network
Most of you do not consider your limitations and requirement while you purchase a router. You just need your tablet or smartphone to get internet access. Problems arise soon after you get the router since you have not considered the coverage needed, the number of devices requiring internet access or your limitation in the form of walls and floors.
Different types of routers are available today. You need to be acquainted with the specifications of each before you move on to make a purchase. You don’t need all the specifications for your router but it is better to be aware of all available specifications.
Choose the Right Wireless Router
We usually take our home router for granted but it is better not to do so if you don’t want yourself to be bothered by an exercise that no one likes: replacing the router.
It is often confusing to shop for a wireless router. Here are a few tips you can remember while shopping for a router for your home.
- Opt for the 802.11ac
- Interpret the Wi-Fi network speeds
- Consider available security and software features
- Find out the maximum number of devices possible to connect
- Check out on the feedback from other customers
Remember that the Wi-Fi standards go on improving and these advancements cast an impact on the speed as well as connectivity of the network. For taking advantage of the improvement, the router, as well as the device, must support the latest technological developments. Make sure you choose the best wireless router for your house to ensure better connectivity.
Plan for Placement
You need to decide where should you place your router after you are done with finding one for your home. Most of you do not treat this point with relevance and just place it somewhere you think will be fit for it. Make sure you are placing the router in a centralized location. The wires that you will be plugging in the router may be set up in a corner of the room but it is better to bring them to a central location. Ideally, you should place the router in a position visible from all the spots you will be accessing internet from.
Some of you even place the router without considering the size of your house and the materials used in constructing it. The need for houses made of concrete is different from the houses that are made of wood. A different layout is necessary for each.
Here are a few tips to remember while you place your Wi-Fi equipment
- Never surround the gear with metal objects
- Keep it away from concrete walls
- Don’t keep it close to any reflective surface
- Avoid keeping them in the cabinets
- Place the Wi-Fi router high
- Install the router away from all electrical equipment
Secure Your Network
It is not enough to use the right gear and place your router right. You need to secure your network as well. In case you don’t secure your network, you are running the risk of allowing your neighbors use it. Not only this, you are authorizing them to access your files and folders. You can also fall prey to hackers.
Certainly, you don’t want this, do you?
Here are a few ways to secure your wireless network.
- Encrypt wireless network
- Alter the default settings
- Set router access password
- Change the SSID
- Update the firmware of router
Now that you are aware of the steps to ensure better coverage of wireless network and the ways to secure it, it’s time to put them into action. Hope that the above-discussed steps warrant commendable wireless network coverage.