How to Avoid the Most Common Wireless Network Mistakes
Let a Professional Technician Take the Lead for a Strong, Reliable Connection
No technology seems to create more headaches for homeowners than wireless networks; especially now that they are linked to so many devices in your Woodbury, MN home. You're going to need a strong connection not only to check out your emails, but also to listen to music, watch movies, and change the thermostat. Despite its growing importance, people are still relying on DIY installations for their networks. Whether you’re tired of dealing with lagging signals or dead spots, this blog highlights some common home networking issues and how our expert technicians can resolve them.
Make Sure to Understand Your Needs
Often problems don’t have to do with execution, but planning. As easy as it is to blame your brand new equipment or Internet Service Provider, many times not understanding your needs is the biggest issue. Before getting started, you should consult with a professional and let him know how you plan on using your network. Is it just for your smartphone and laptop? Will you also be streaming music and movies? Do you have any other smart devices like a Ring Camera or NEST thermostat? An expert can better gauge your needs based on these questions and find the ideal layout and equipment for your home.
Watch Out for Incorrect Router Placement
As part of your planning, you also need to figure out the ideal place for your router—the centerpiece of your network. Your router should be set centrally within your home to get an even signal throughout your space. It should also be placed near areas with the strongest networking needs—like a media room or home theater. On larger properties, install a centrally located router then use wireless access points to extend your signal.
Don’t Stick to Your Default Settings
We mentioned this in a previous blog focused on network security, but it also affects other areas of your performance. You should never stick to your router's default settings. The first step is changing your network name and password for added protection. There are also a variety of back-end settings that you can play around with to improve your signal strength depending on your needs. These can be a bit tricky, but a professional can help you figure out which features you need and which will only slow down your network performance.
Keep Your Network Up-to-Date
You should constantly be updating your router and the devices linked to it. Older devices can slow down your overall signal even if you upgrade your router. Instead of having to check manually if upgrades are available and doing them yourself, you can take advantage of a remote monitoring service. Our technicians can monitor your system and install upgrades automatically to make sure your network is secure and running smoothly at all times. They can also advise you when there are new products available that could improve your performance.
Forget about the hassle associated with DIY home networks, contact Lelch AV for a professional installation that will ensure you have a robust and reliable signal for years to come.