Why Consider a Professional Home Network Installation?
Here’s How Bravo AV’s Networking Services Can Help Your Family
An often-overlooked part of any home is its network.
You might have dozens of Internet-connected technologies throughout your house – from 4K UHD Smart TVs to high-performance computers and more.
But the fact is, regardless of how high-end those technologies are, they won’t perform their best unless you have a network infrastructure that can support all those devices.
That’s why we recommend a professionalat your house in the Morristown area – regardless of whether you’re buying a new home or are just looking to upgrade your existing property.
With a team of professionals working to ensure your home network infrastructure is robust and secure, you can enjoy the best performance from your devices the moment you begin using them.
How can you accomplish this and why is this important? Find out below.
More Efficient Browsing and Streaming
There are a few telltale signs that might indicate you would need a home network upgrade.
Perhaps videos that you stream through your TV, computer or Wi-Fi-connected smart device often pause to buffer or are pixelated while you watch them. Maybe day-to-day browsing on your computers or Wi-Fi-connected personal devices is slow, or it takes a suspiciously long time for smart home technologies to respond to commands.
One likely problem could be the internet speed throughout your house. Consider that if you have a basic internet plan of 150 Mbps download speeds, that can support about 6 to 12 devices at a time, depending on demand. Consider, though, that the average household of four has 40 or more internet-connected devices. And that number is only expected to grow in the years to come. With so many devices trying to access your network at the same time, your network is stretched thin – and devices start to slow.
One possibility is to go to your internet service provider (ISP) and ask for increased internet speeds. Several ISPs offer plans of 1000 Mbps download speeds, commonly referred to as a gigabit service.
While an increase in bandwidth might help some of your devices, it won't increase overall coverage throughout your property. If you have a Wi-Fi router located in the corner of your basement and you're trying to access the internet from the other side of your house, you most likely will suffer from a poor internet connection.
This is where a professional home network installation can help your family. Not only can our team help you coordinate with your ISP to increase internet speeds to your property, but we also can run wire from your main switch in the basement to strategic placements throughout your house where we can install indoor and outdoor wireless access points to extend internet signal – ensuring every corner of your property is covered.
Improved Network Security
Another way that a professional network installation can benefit your family is through enhanced digital security measures.
We recommend using Cat 6 cables whenever possible for hardwired connections. Not only are they more reliable than wireless connections, but they also are more secure since you aren’t connected through a broadcasted signal.
That said, we know that you can’t utilize a hardwired internet connection for every device in your house. For laptops, personal smart devices and even smart home devices, that simply is unrealistic.
So, what steps can you take to ensure your wireless network is secure?
Firstly, ensure that your network is password-protected. When you first buy a router or access point or are provided one by your ISP, it might come without a password or perhaps a default password. Hackers know these defaults and will use them to access your network. If your network doesn’t have a password at all, your information is severely at risk.
Some other tips to improve network security include changing your password and SSID (network name) regularly, disabling the public broadcast of your SSID, enabling WPA encryption to protect your data submitted through the wireless network and enabling MAC address filtering – allowing you to handpick the devices that can access your network. An easy way to grant access to your vistors is to have them log onto your guest network. This way, they are not on your network and they don't have the password for your network.
We know that handling all of those network security measures on your own can be overwhelming. That’s why a professional home networking solution can help – you can just sit back and let the experts take care of it.
How Bravo AV Can Help
At Bravo AV, we are proud to be northern New Jersey’s local home network installation experts.
We are here to be your expert source for protecting your data and improving your network performance. But we don’t just take care of those measures discussed above.
For example, we can connect all of your internet-connected devices for you – including through Cat 6 or Cat 7 hardwired cables when possible.
Additionally, we also can help you update software across your several devices – televisions, gaming platforms, computers and more. This is especially important as if your hardware doesn’t have the latest operating software, performance slows and the devices become more vulnerable to security flaws.
If you are interested in upgrading the network at your Morristown-area home, we encourage you to reach out to us today.
You can find out more about our home network installation services by contacting us here or by chatting live with us below. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Bravo AV is proud to be an HTA (Home Technology Association) Certified Installation Firm and professional A/V experts. Tom Curnin, the owner of Bravo AV, is a CEDIA Professional Designer, a certified THX Level 1 home theater professional and a member of the Home Acoustic Alliance trained to Level II.