It’s only been 20 years since Wi-Fi was introduced to the public. Even though it was a groundbreaking technology, it wasn’t easily accessible. Products that used Wi-Fi didn’t start to enter the market until around 2003.
Now, we can’t live without Wi-Fi. Nearly every technology in your home is connected to it, such as computers, TVs, smartphones, smart lighting, and security systems. As other technologies are added – and they demand more from your network – you’ll have a growing need for a more robust wireless home system.
If you have a smart home in New Orleans, LA, it’s more important than ever to ensure your wireless networking system is updated. It’s the only way to support and safeguard your connected lifestyle. Keep reading to learn what to do if you have a sluggish Wi-Fi network.
It may seem obvious, but most homeowners don’t realize that router placement has a big effect on their Wi-Fi signal. If it’s behind your couch, in a closet, or in another hidden location, that could be the reason for a weak signal. In fact, the signal could be hindered or completely blocked by various objects and obstacles in your home – walls, doors, furniture, and home appliances. Don’t make it hard on your router. Instead, put it in open view or a least in a less-obstructed location.
Just because it’s older doesn’t mean it’s obsolete. You can sometimes solve your router’s problems with an update. It’s an easy, fast, and free solution. Much like a computer, smartphone, or smart home system, your router requires updates to ensure peak performance. If it’s been a while since you updated your router’s firmware, then that could be the reason for its problems. Also, routers are susceptible to malware attacks. Malware can steal bandwidth and spread across your entire network to other connected devices. Firmware updates usually include security patches to address malware threats directly.
If your home theater is many rooms away from your router, then it’s no wonder you’re having connection problems when streaming movies. You need to boost the signal. One of the easiest ways to do it is by installing wireless access points. These access points connect directly to your router and extend the signal to every corner of your home – an unobtrusive yet effective way to improve Wi-Fi signal strength.
Your internet plan may have been ideal years ago, but that’s before you added a 4K TV, smart lighting, and a smart security system. The more technologies you have in your home, the more bandwidth and Wi-Fi power you need. Check with your internet service provider (ISP) to see if they offer a faster internet plan with more bandwidth. They may even offer (or are planning to offer) fiberoptic cable plans. You may find that the solution to your Wi-Fi problems is much easier than you think.
Unfortunately, do-it-yourself solutions don’t always work. While they are great places to start, you may need professional assistance. No matter how hard you try to improve the performance of consumer-grade routers, they will not be able to compete with enterprise-grade products. Also, many consumer-grade routers lack the performance capacity needed to support smart homes. Acadian Home Theater & Automation installs Wi-Fi repeaters, mesh networks, and enterprise-grade solutions that ensure a robust, reliable, and fast home network.
Give your wireless networking system an upgrade with help from Acadian Home Theater & Automation. Call us at (225) 906-2589 or fill out our online contact form to request a no-obligation consultation.
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