Home networking allows you to connect the computers and other network devices in the household to one another. The network will allow the sharing of resources, data files and internet access.
There are several methods for implementing a home network. Depending on your requirements, it may be necessary to use multiple networking methods.
Computers and devices are connected with standard network cable or
structured wiring. This allows for very high speed, secure and reliable connections. It may be difficult to reach all rooms in a retrofit environment, and does not provide mobility.
Computers and devices are connected through a wireless gateway or access point. This provides mobility throughout the property and does not require any new wires. Wi-Fi or 802.11g is the current dominant standard and can provide up to 54 Mbps of throughput at a maximum range of 300ft indoors. Wireless networks allow for moderate speed connections, but may not be able to reliably cover all areas of the home. Advance planning, wiring and a site survey are critical to the proper placement of the equipment.
Computers and devices are connected through the existing phone line/phone jack wires within the household. It does not require any new wires and most likely provides access where needed. This allows for moderate speed connections, but may not cover all rooms in the house.
Computers and devices are connected through the existing electrical wiring/electrical outlets within the household. It does not require any new wires and most likely provides access where needed. This allows for moderate speed connections, but may encounter interference with some electrical devices.
Benefits of Home Networking
A home network provides many benefits and cost savings for the family. It also provides the foundation for Home Entertainment and Home Management systems.
- Share Internet Access
Share Files and Resources
- Reduce the cost of multiple dial-in lines or high-speed connections
- Eliminate arguments over access to the high-speed connection to the internet
- Reduce the need for multiple printers and peripherals
- Access common files and programs from any computer
Go wireless and work from anywhere
- High-speed internet access eliminates wait times
- Superior support reduces downtime and non-productive time
Establish a foundation for Home Entertainment
- Provides the convenience to work from where you want in or around the household
Establish a foundation for Home Management
- Audio / Video servers and multi-room distribution
- Online gaming and game stations
- Heating controls
- Lighting controls
- Telephone and intercom
- Web tablets
- Wireless picture frames
The basic equipment needed for a home network is:
- Modem (cable or DSL)
- Router - 1 per network
- Network Interface Cards - 1 per PC
- Signal Distribution - Either network cabling or wireless
- Network Software - Windows 95 or higher or Mac OS
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