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How to set up a home network

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The world of wireless tech and connected devices allows us to work free of cables and traditional wired devices. However, before you can hook up your smart TV or browse wirelessly on a tablet, you need to set up your home network.

This guide gives you the basic information for setting up a home network and explains what you need to go wireless in your home.

Wireless communication is the “transfer of information and data between two or more points that are connected by an electrical conductor”. In simple terms wireless networking allows you access to the internet anywhere within your network. In this case it’s usually around the house, via the router sent to you by your broadband supplier, BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin, etc…

The ability to set up a wireless network allows you to avoid the mess of cabled connections. Wireless is mobile, reliable and allows for transfer over a longer distance.

If you’re still accessing the internet using a cable connection and want to switch to wireless, all you need to do is upgrade your router to one that includes the latest Wireless AC technology.

 

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As with the rest of the tech world, router technology varies depending on the models you select. There is a difference in the technology for the routers available in the marketplace, each type providing a different internet connection speed rate.

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Check out our selection of wireless routers here

Fast internet connection means:

  • Webpages will load quicker when you’re browsing or shopping online
  • Uploading and downloading files, photos and documents will be faster
  • Enjoy seamless streaming of video and audio without buffering
  • Online gaming without lag

There are 2 frequencies that routers run on – some are single band and others dual-band.

Router also run on 2 wireless bands – 2GHz and 5GHz. You can think of wireless bands as bus lanes for wireless signal to travel though. With 5GHz, you will achieve the greatest throughput as the number of routers accessing the band is lower than that using the 2GHz frequency. 5GHz is like a bus only lane that allows buses to move through the traffic and congestion quicker, making journeys faster. The 2 GHz band is like a road with no bus lane and that is accessed by all vehicles including buses. The 2 GHz lane still works perfectly well but the ‘traffic’ that travels through that lane if much busier.

 

Helpful Equipment

Equipment available to set up the most efficient home network that ensures connectivity and coverage:

  • Access Point: allows you to add wireless capabilities to a non-wireless router.
  • Powerline: uses your home’s existing electrical wiring to connect everything together, simply by plugging them into standard mains sockets.
  • Wireless range extenders: allows you to extend your wireless networks to areas of the home where the signal may not be strong enough.


When To Use The Equipment

Scenario 1: No signal problems in the house, but want to wirelessly connect to your network

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Scenario 2: There are signal and coverage issues in the house when connecting from upstairs for instance. In order to increase the coverage and signal everywhere around the house, you will need to add an access point to your network. The access point will use the same SSID and password as the router allowing the 2 to communicate.

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Scenario 3: Want to be able to receive internet connection where signal cannot penetrate – a basement, shed or garage for instance then you will need to add a powerline and range extender to your network.

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What about storage?

So you have backups of all your documents, files, music and videos, you can add a Network Attached Storage (NAS) Device to your home network. A NAS also allows you to access these files wirelessly, meaning you can stream media direct from the NAS to your table tor TV.

In order to make it easy for you to access these items from your NAS device, there are a host of cloud services available to you.

We recommend NAS D-Link’s ShareCenter™, it lets you store and manage all your digital content and connects directly to your router, making it easy to share content with everyone on your network.

ShareCenter™ can be configured for ultimate remote access and management in the palm of your hand – simply log into your personal account via mydlink.com or mydlink™ Access-NAS mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device and access or share digital content to your computer, tablet, and smartphone from anywhere.

ADSL vs DSL – which one should you choose?

For a while, voiceband modems were used to connect to the Internet. Voiceband was the old system that converted the digital data of a computer into sound signals. These signals were then transmitted through the telephone channel, when you connected to the internet.

As every user of dial-up will remember, the problem with this format was speed- It was so slow when it came to browsing. Thus, the DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) came into existence. This technology uses the same telephone lines, this time, made of copper, to carry data using a very high bandwidth. This not only increased the speed of transmissions, but the same telephone line can be used to make calls, whilst still connected to the network.

The DSL modem allows data to be transmitted and received at a higher speed. All that is required is that a DSL modem is connected to the user’s terminal and a similar DSL modem is connected at the service provider’s terminal.

Technology has evolved, and now an ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) modem is available.

The difference between ADSL and DSL is that data is sent and received at different speeds. It means that your modem sends data to your service provider at one speed and the downstream data, (the data that you receive from the service provider) is at a different speed- Hence, the word ‘asymmetric’ in ADSL. The service in general is tiered; hence you pay different rates for different speeds.

For faster transmission of data and in turn quicker browsing, downloading, uploading and streaming, ensure that the modem you have is ADSL.

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