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4 Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Network

Make Sure Your System Can Handle All Your Technology

4 Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Network


No technology in your Woodbury, Minnesota home is more important than your home networking system. It's used to stream your favorite entertainment, stay in touch with friends, and even control a variety of smart devices. Most consumer networks are ill-prepared to handle the load, resulting in lagging video, uneven coverage and, at worst, dangerous security risks. Lelch AV helps you upgrade your system to meet today’s demands.


Advancements in audio and video technology have resulted in crisp sound and ultra-realistic images. They have also led to increasingly large files. With the likes of Tidal offering uncompressed, CD-quality audio and Netflix offering 4K Ultra HD capabilities, streaming services are putting a heavy burden on home networking systems. Many of our clients think the solution is to call up their internet service providers and sign up for a more expensive plan. This approach works great for the providers, not so much for our clients. It's not enough to just increase your internet speeds; you also need to invest in equipment that can handle more bandwidth. For example, Pakedge offers a variety of routers specifically designed to deal with Ultra 4K HD technology.    


Another common client complaint is that they can’t access their network when they’re outdoors or in the basement. Again, the urge is to complain to their ISP. But the job of your providers is to get the service to you, not necessarily to give you far-reaching coverage. That’s our job. We extend your signal through wireless access points. They receive a signal from your router and amplify it to other areas of your home, much like an AV receiver would with audio or video signals.  


Your phone, television, speakers, lights, home automation system and more are all competing for space within your network. There are a few ways to resolve this logjam. You can invest in dual-band routers to divide up your traffic. These routers support 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bandwidths. While your regular day-to-day networking needs can go in the 2.4 GHz bandwidth, your more robust needs like gaming or streaming can use the 5Hz bandwidth. Pakedge also offers an excellent way to reduce traffic through its Pakedge zones. All your traffic is divided into data, audio/video, management/voice, automation, and guest types. You can then prioritize your zones according to your needs. When streaming video, make your audio/video data a top priority and others low priority so your video makes it through uninterrupted.  


With so many devices connected to your network, it’s important to think about protecting your personal information. We work with you to enhance your home network security, installing firewalls, encryptions, and more to protect you from cyber-attacks. We also create dedicated networks for more vulnerable systems, like your security, so an issue in one area won't affect your entire home.   Want to ensure your home network is prepared to handle the latest technology? Contact Lelch AV to set up a consultation.  

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