So what is Home Networking?
Home Networking is a way of connecting your devices within your home, allowing them to communicate with each other. With a home network you can share resources, such as files and internet access.
There are two types of home network: wired and wireless.
- Wired – Each device is physically connected with a network cable.
- Wireless – Each device can connect without wires. Most devices have WiFi built in, or an adapter can be used if necessary.
Having a home network has many benefits, such as:
- Sharing Files
- Broadband Connection Sharing
- Multiplayer Gaming
- Home Entertainment
- And many more
There are pros and cons for both types of network. For example, wired networks are more secure and provide better speed, but you can’t run network cables around your whole house for every device you want to connect. Wireless networks are easier to connect and gives you more freedom around the house. Although albeit small, there is always a risk of people attempting to hack your wireless network. Several factors will determine your networking needs, but of course if you need advice, don’t hesitate to ask us!
If you do have a wireless network, there are some simple security tips to put your mind at ease:
- Change default administrator usernames and passwords
- Change the default SSID (network name)
- Ensure firewalls are enabled on your router and devices where possible
- Try to position your router as close to the centre of your home as possible. This ensures the signal doesn’t reach unnecessary ranges
- Turn off your router during extended periods of non-use
If you require assistance or advice with your networking needs, again don’t hesitate to ask!