FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Your Wireless Network
Get Answers to Some of the Most Common Wi-Fi Related Questions
Every day it seems a new device is communicating with your home's wireless network. Initially designed to connect with just a few computers, your network now finds itself hosting speakers, thermostats, lights, and more. Right now, no technology in your Minnetonka, MN home is more essential than your Wi-Fi connection. You need to stay informed on how to keep it reliable, fast, and secure. To help you out, we've answered some of the most common networking questions below:
What Equipment Do I Need?
Typically your wireless network will consist of a router, switch, and access points. Your router is the one that recognizes the signal from your internet service provider and translates it for all of your internet devices. The switch tells traffic where it needs to go. Instead of sending the signal to all your connected products, it only goes to the one that needs it. Access points are installed throughout your home to boost your signal and are ideal for larger properties or outdoor coverage.
What Is the Best Way to Resolve Connectivity Issues?
Many people believe a weak wireless connection is a result of internet service providers having a poor signal. Often, though, it's a problem within your network setup. It may mean that some components are not connected properly or that you don't have the latest firmware. This is why your wireless network installation should always include maintenance programs. For example, Lelch AV can monitor your system remotely, so errors are found as soon as they occur to reduce any possible connectivity issues.
How Can I Change My Network Information?
One of the easiest ways to protect your wireless network from cyber-attacks is to get rid of the standard names and passwords that come with your router. As part of your installation, we change the name of your network, create a new password and update the security settings for all of your equipment.
Should I Be Using a Router From My Provider?
Usually, when you sign up with an internet service provider, they lease you one of their modems and add the charge to your monthly bill. We recommend purchasing your own router for a variety of reasons. For one, you're going to end up overpaying if you lease your equipment—especially for the quality of the product. You want to upgrade to a dual-band router designed for AV systems, this way you can ensure a stronger and faster wireless network in your home.
How Can I Get Rid of Network Dead Spots?
When you find areas of your home are getting a weaker signal, it typically has to do with where your equipment is installed. Since your router is the focal point of your wireless network, it should be placed centrally and not be blocked off by other items. To extend the reach of your signal, you can install multiple routers or use access points. These access points should be mounted on the ceiling in rooms or areas where there's a weak signal.
Whether you want to expand your wireless network, enhance its signal, or boost its security, a professional installation can make all the difference. To see how Lelch AV’s networking solutions can improve your home Wi-Fi, you can contact us online or call us at 612 353-5087.