3 Telltale Signs of Home Networking Problems

3 Telltale Signs of Home Networking Problems

These Signs May Indicate You Need a Network Upgrade These days, connectivity is a must-have utility, right up there with electricity. Our connected world is dependent on the internet for most day to day activities, whether it’s’ work, school, or entertainment. When your apps or computers aren’t behaving as you expect, it’s often challenging to figure out what’s wrong. Is it the software, the hardware, or a connectivity issue? There is the tried-and-true method of restarting devices that often cures many ills, but frequent problems point to something else – and sometimes it’s your network that’s failing you. How do you determine if you’re having home networking problems in your Chicago, IL home? Read on for three telltale signs. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System   Weak Wireless Is there a sore spot in your home for wireless signals? For example, your tablet can keep a connection only in one corner of your expansive family room. If you are relying on the wireless router/modem supplied by your internet provider, it may not have the range and coverage to blanket your entire home with a robust wireless signal. What’s the solution? Strategically placed wireless access points can solve the problem, as well as higher-end routers with the latest Wi-Fi standards, better antennas, and stronger radios for range. Alternatively, mesh networking solutions that daisy chain connectivity may be right for your property.   Slow Connections Slow connections can be a result of many things, and it’s often difficult to narrow down the issue. The best way to diagnose them is to restart a problem device, and also...
Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

Strong Home Networking is Essential for Smart Home Automation The most advanced technology in the world isn’t much use if you can’t get it to work properly. If you’ve been frustrated by lagging audio, devices that won’t connect to the internet, or slow buffering when streaming video, the odds are likely that your network isn’t strong enough to support your Illinois smart home. This is especially true in areas like Chicago, where the dense population causes so much network interference. It’s a common issue with an easy solution. Keep reading to learn about the role that home networking plays in smart home success and how you can easily improve the reliability of your automation system. Where Home Networking Fits In Most people don’t think about the network when getting started with smart home automation. They stick with the generic router from the Internet Service Provider and assume it’ll work just fine. But as internet-connected devices such as smart TVs and tablets become more popular, they put more of a strain on the network’s resources.  Standard routers simply don’t provide adequate service for homes, even ones that don’t have full automation systems. Of course, the more smart devices you have set up throughout your home, the more pressure that puts on your home network. Each of these devices needs to communicate with each other seamlessly and instantly in order to create that perfect environment for you. If you were trying to drive ten different cars across the country, you’d need a lot more fuel than you would for one car alone. The same concept applies to smart devices—you need to...