How to Improve Your Home Network Performance

How to Improve Your Home Network Performance

Three Ways a Professional Network Installation Boosts Your Home’s Connectivity If it hasn’t become all too clear in these times, we are all very dependent on our data links to the world at large. From online shopping to Zoom video conferences, our home networks have become vital links to staying connected with everything important in our lives. While the effects of the pandemic and Zoom calls will subside over time, there’s no question that reliable connectivity is and will continue to be a necessity. With all the strain current home networks are under, it might be a good time to review your system. Is it keeping up with all the high-resolution video streaming for video conferences and entertainment? Are your security cameras delivering you a quality feed when you want to see something? If not, you might be in need of some upgrades. Keep reading for three ways a professional home network installation can keep your Chicago, IL home connected in the fast lane. 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology Wired vs. Wireless Connections It may be a wireless world, but wires provide the infrastructure for most wireless devices to work. Generally, a wired connection is more reliable than a wireless one, as wireless frequencies are subject to interference from other devices or can be affected by walls and other obstructions. Where might you want a wired versus a wireless connection? Wired connections are excellent for high throughput devices like desktop computers, networked drives for backup and media libraries, network video recorders and cameras for video surveillance, and some smart TVs and video streaming devices. What happens...
3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

Get faster, more reliable performance from your devices while also improving your network security with help from Barrett’s Technology Solutions trusted integrators We know our tech savvy clients probably know the basics of setting up a home network: You plug a modem into the wall, then plug a wireless router into the modem, and you’re up and running. However, if this is still the setup, you’re using for the devices in your home in 2019, you’re in dire need of an upgrade. There are so many devices in our homes with wireless internet connectivity compared to years past. This puts a tremendous amount of strain on your network, which could cause all sorts of problems. Security and logistical concerns that didn’t exist before the proliferation of Wi-Fi devices are now big issues for homeowners. Here are a few reasons why your existing home network installation isn’t enough in 2019, and what homeowners in Illinois’ Gold Coast gain from a network upgrade. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System MORE INTERNET-ENABLED DEVICES Think about all the devices you and your family have that connect to the internet: desktop and laptop computers, phones, gaming consoles, speakers, TVs, thermostats, security devices, light fixtures and even some appliances. Your network is clearly overloaded and with all these devices fighting for bandwidth and your overall connectivity is likely to drop. If you’re still relying on a single wireless router to cover your entire home and you haven’t looked at the cabling you’re using, you’re going to see long load times and the occasional network crash. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff will...
3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

Chicagoland builders and designers should keep these systems in mind for their next retrofit or new construction projects We’re well into spring at this point in the year, which is both a seasonal high point for buying and selling homes. It’s also the time homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning, and both factors make this an ideal time for builders and designers to suggest smart home upgrades for their clients. But how do you stand out in a crowded market, especially as automation technology becomes increasingly common in homes? As the Chicago area’s leading smart home company, we’d suggest these three systems for your next project. SEE ALSO: Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner with Barrett’s? OUTDOOR LIGHTING CONTROL Spring and summer are the time for backyard barbecues and other get-togethers, which makes giving homeowners a way to make those events easier. Why should their backyard party stop just because the sun has set? With outdoor lighting control, the fun can last all night long. With outdoor lighting control, residents can highlight outdoor elements or architectural features to create a more customized and appealing design. In-ground well lights can add subtle lighting around plants or trees, while colored LEDs can help add some visual flourish to a home’s exterior aesthetic. These systems also give homeowners the same benefits lighting control provides in indoor spaces. Your clients get centralized controls using their phones, a substantial increase in energy efficiency and the opportunity to customize their exterior lighting to a much finer degree. HOME ENTRY SYSTEM If you are away from your home this spring on vacation or on a business...
The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

Larger homes with a greater number of Wi-Fi enabled devices put strain on the network of your home, but Barrett’s can help More and more devices in our homes rely on your home network: Smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, gaming consoles and so on. When you add up all the necessary connected devices then factor in your home automation system on top of that, it’s no wonder you might be seeing some strain on your network. What’s the best solution? Simple: A network upgrade from our trusted staff at Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Here are three key benefits of a home networking solution for your Hinsdale, IL home. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System FASTER SPEEDS When you’re trying to watch a movie, play games online or simply browse the Internet, you expect a quick response time. That may not be the case if you’re relying on a single wireless router to cover your home or you have an unreliable connection. This will cause all sorts of frustrating glitches and even device crashes. This is especially true when it comes to video streaming. To get the most from 4K video content, you need the right equipment as well as the sufficient network speed and bandwidth. You won’t get that with a subpar network. A professional network installation alleviates many of these issues. Our staff will take a look at the wiring in your home as well as your modem, router and other equipment to give you optimal speeds and full wireless coverage throughout your home. GET MORE FROM YOUR DEVICES The individual elements of...
How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

Enjoy the Warm Weather with an Outdoor Audio Video Installation As brutal as Chicago winters can be, there’s no better place to be than outdoors once springtime hits. Now is really the time when Illinois homeowners should be thinking about what kind of entertainment upgrades they’d like to make to their outdoor areas. Of course, the right audio video installation for a roof deck in a Chicago home will be entirely different than what’s best for a backyard in the suburbs. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to the best outdoor entertainment options and setups for each environment. For Backyards or Patios There are so many factors that can affect outdoor entertainment in the typical backyard setting. The location of the pool, the size of the patio, the amount of landscaping…all of these things will need to be taken into consideration when designing the best entertainment system for your space. Generally speaking, however, this is the typical technology setup: Audio An outdoor audio setup should include weather-resistant components that won’t be damaged by Illinois’ harsh winter snow or summer rain. We recommend using Sonance Landscape Series speakers and buried subwoofer. You’ll get excellence sound quality from subtle speakers that don’t distract from the beauty of your outdoor living space. Video Your two main options for video are an outdoor home theater setup or a television. If you are used to hosting large parties, a projector and screen is a good idea, but if you just want something for watching your favorite movie while relaxing in the Jacuzzi, we suggest an outdoor television from a reputable brand like...