What to consider when installing a home network

In this day and age, the internet is part and parcel of life, and therefore, it is only logical that you find a way if having it easily accessible in your home. This is done by installing a home network so that you can connect your devices and access the internet from whichever point in your home that you would like.

Unlike wireless networks that may not be that secure, wired home networks offer privacy as well as fast speeds. Even if you are a rookie in this field, it won't hurt knowing a few basic considerations so that you have an idea what your data service contractor is doing around your house.

Which rooms need to have access?

It is vital to know which rooms the network cables will terminate into. This gives the installer an idea of how much material, particularly what length of wire, will be needed on the project. The rooms that have access to the network are probably the ones where you spend a lot of your time and those where your devices might be installed.

The bedrooms are ideal since you spend time there with your gadgets like laptops. The living room or TV room as well as the study are other examples of where the network needs to run through so that you can have access in these rooms.

How many ports in each room?

Now that you have decided which rooms to be connected to the network, the next question that might pop into your head is, "How many ports should I have in each room?" This entirely depends on how diverse your requirements are. In the TV room, for instance, you might need to connect your television set, your game console and home computer, whereas in the study, you might only need to connect the laptop.

Where do I set the node zero?

According to Have the Know How, a node zero is the central hub where all the network cables being run in your house will meet up. This place should be dry and cool enough to ensure the proper working of the servers as well as their longevity. In a house that is yet to be built, it is easy to set up a location as node zero. In an already finished house, one has to work around the standing structures to get the ideal node zero. The perfect node zero is easily accessible by the cables from all rooms that are part of the network.

What network speed is necessary?

The network speed you need depends on what you mostly do over the network. If you intend to play games online or stream HD videos, you definitely need a high network speed for flawless operation. The network speed also determines what kind of switch to have installed. Fast Ethernet switches operate at speeds of 100 Megabits per second, whereas gigabit switches operate at speeds of 1000 Megabits per second according to Have the Know How.

Now that you have considered everything, it is high time you called your contractor and discussed materials and costs and when they can start work. For more information, contact a local data cabling company.