Wired and wireless networks for the home have come a long way. They are extremely important, not only now, but for the future of data communications in the home.
Wired networks consist of structured cables that are routed in the walls and floors of your home from one central location that contains much of the networking equipment, such as a closet in the basement of the home. Network cables are normally routed into every room in the house for connections to home computers, network-shared printers and now- networked home theater devices such as networked 4k streamers, networked Blu-ray players, networked smart TVs and even your smart refrigerator!
Network cables are also routed to specially designated surfaces of the home for connection of wireless access points. These access points are used to create a wireless network in the home, giving your wireless-capable devices, such as tablets and smartphones, access to the home network.
Your smart home automation system will utilize the network in your home to create an intelligent system of control and automation. The more devices your network contains, the more traffic it’s likely to contain as well. Traffic on the network is referring to several users and devices attempting to access the same network simultaneously.
Typical home routers are no longer the first choice in home networking, as they cannot handle the amount of traffic that exists in newer homes. Just imagine that you are trying to play music in one room, while someone else is streaming high definition video in another and another person is playing video games in another! It may not seem like a lot, but your router is trying to route many different connections at the same time and that can lock up your entire network. Enterprise-grade routers can handle millions of these connections simultaneously and are thus, more suited to the modern homeowner and smart home automation systems. Click below to learn more about automation systems.