Home network

Do you have a good home network?

Home Network

In recent years there has been an undeniable shift towards the average person spending more time online. Whether on the go, or in the home, this has been a steady move towards a greater dependency on technologies. We want to take a moment to look at the demands this puts on your home network and how to future proof so as to make the best of not only today’s hottest tech but tomorrows too.

 

What has changed?

Now, whilst people could spend days on end debating whether this is or isn’t a ‘good thing’, it isn’t my intention to enter into that debate so much as to highlight that this high usage of devices is the first of a few reasons why the quality of our home network has become more relevant than ever. Take the average household, that 5 years ago used the internet for sending some emails and browsing the internet. That usage pattern has now changed greatly. Lets take into account many more devices doing exactly the same – and then add new types of usage such as music streaming, social networking, video streaming online gaming to name but a few!  All of these devices are competing for what is a finite amount of network speed available to to the household.

This is not the end of the road in terms of how we use the internet. The products that form everyday household items have evolved greatly in recent years and I don’t doubt for a second that more will follow that trend. Look to your TV; (BeoVision or not!) the previous generation of TV’s were much more mechanical but with the rise of Smart TV’s they have become much more like a computer, the knock on effect is that this is now a device permanently connected to the internet in your home. The knock on effect is that there will be a continually increasing number of products putting a strain on your home network. With that in mind lets take a look at the basics of a home network.

Router

So what is my home network?

Simply put, your home network is the WiFi available in your home. This will be a of a certain speed and will typically perform better in the room where the router is housed than in the furthest away bedroom. This is indicative of the strength and reach of your network. The speed in doesn’t represent the speed you will get room to room. When you look at your typical contract with an internet company and they state that you will get 10 Meg download speed and will provide you with a free router, something doesn’t sit right! The routers that they give you for free will cost that company mere pennies and provide only the bare minimum to deliver on their promise of bringing in that 10 Meg per speed into your home. Distributing that signal is a whole different matter though!

The BeoSound Moment is a great example of a continued advance on incumbent technologies. Where as your HiFi of yesteryear would more than likely play CD’s, the BeoSound Moment can access music from the library you have on your computer via the home network or stream music from the simply massive library of high quality content that cloud services like Deezer offer. Meanwhile the system downloads album art for all your music. Within that case study we quickly highlighted 3 examples of our Audio System using the internet where previous models would not. Depending on the property we may also specify boosters to get the signal to those tricky to reach areas

BeoSound Moment

 

Some recommendations

Subnet Routers

At Bang & Olufsen of Merchant City we would always recommend – strongly – that any customer implements what is called a subnet router. In Layman’s terms this means you partition part of your network for a particular use so that no matter how many movies someone is downloading, the partitioned part of the network still gets its fair share of the network. For our customers this is to allow our products to keep stable connections to the internet for the purposes of video & audio streaming.

Boosters

Tired of your downloads taking far longer in one room than another?  There are many factors that may inhibit the spread of your signal across a home.  Anything from interference  to physical barriers such as walls can cause you to get a slower connection in certain areas.  There are many boosters available on the market and at Bang & Olufsen we use some of the best to do everything from the simple such as bring it to a particular trouble spot or more powerful solutions such as bringing coverage to multiple floors where there previously was none.

Fibre

Since the 90’s our internet has run through the phone lines and only in recent years have we started to have access to fiber optic services.  The key advantage to this service is a higher basic speed.  With the old lines having a a typical speed of around 4-10 Meg compared to 50Meg Fibre services it is clear that this will have a positive impact.  To give you a rough idea of what this speed means in real terms, Netflix recommends an absolute minimum of 3Meg for streaming their video content.  Realistically if you wish to get the best out of it you’ll be needing double that.  Looking ahead to even higher quality content the bar will, again, be raised.  Therefore acquiring speeds many times faster than you may currently have will represent a wise investment.

As always, we encourage you to talk to the team at Merchant City.  We are always happy to go into more detail about such areas and can even assist you in future proofing your home network.  Call us on 0141 552 5552 or email merchantcity@bang-olufsen.co.uk