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6 Must-Have Components for a Reliable Home Network

From the Wiring to the Access Points, Avoid Any Weak Links in Your Setup

6 Must-Have Components for a Reliable Home Network

Are you tired of your signal dipping out in the middle of a movie or only working in certain rooms of your Wayzata, MN home? While it’s easy to blame all wireless network problems on your internet service provider, a lot of things go into having a reliable connection. You need to make sure you have the right equipment in place and that it's all installed properly. We know the networking world can be a little complicated, so we've compiled a quick overview of some of the items you may need for a powerful signal that spans your entire home.

SEE MORE: Improve Your Home Network with Router Upgrades

Your router is essentially the brain behind your wireless network. It takes the signal from your internet service provider and re-routes it to all of your connected devices. When choosing a router, you need to pay close attention to its placement, bandwidth capabilities, and traffic management. You can read the blog linked above to learn more about optimizing your network router.

Ethernet Cables
Though you won’t need cables to connect to all the devices in your wireless network, you still need a strong wiring foundation when it comes to your main components: routers, access points and more. For your Ethernet cables, your home network installer should be using the latest CAT6 cables to ensure all your technology is future proof.

Access Point/Extender/Repeater
Your access points, extenders, and repeaters all play a similar role in your wireless networks. They take the signal from your router, strengthen it, and relay it. These are essential in multiple-level homes and when you’re trying to extend your signal outdoors to your pool or patio. You can read our previous blog on access points to learn more about how to use them in your network.

For any large network installations, make sure you have all your components neatly organized on a rack. If you already have an AV or smart home control system in place, they can also share the same rack. This will make it easier for you to maintain your components and ensure network reliability.

Monitoring Software
One of the benefits of a professional installation is that it often comes with monitoring software. This way your installer can monitor your system remotely, getting an alert if there's an issue with any of your connected devices. In some cases, they can even resolve these problems remotely without the need for a service call, so you don't have to be left for days without a connection.

Want to learn more about optimizing your wireless network signal and how to avoid common mistakes? You can call us at (612) 353-5087 or reach out through our online form.