The Home Network

The Home Network

The Backbone for the Smart Home Bandwidth With the increase in consumers ‘cutting the cord’ and transitioning their audio and video sources to streaming, the network has evolved into the most important aspect of the home technology equation.  Video streaming eats up the most bandwidth. The first determination should be the speed you need from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to support your streaming needs.  To support two simultaneous video streams, a speed of 10mbps would be needed.  Once you make the leap to 4K streaming, a suggested speed of 25mbps would be the minimum. Add in the additional tablets and mobile devices using the bandwidth for the rest of your family and you can see how quickly a family of four could start using the available bandwidth. SEE ALSO: SMART HOME AUTOMATION: A BEGINNER’S FAQ Hardware The network equipment supplied by your ISP is generally not good enough to support your network from a speed perspective as well as from a security standpoint.  Utilizing better equipment from a CI firm will allow your hardware to support the higher speeds and throughput of your network. If you had an increased internet plan of 50 to 100mbps, the consumer-grade routers supplied by your ISP can’t support the speeds.  When considering your needs for online gaming, low latency, the time it takes your computer to talk to the game server, is more important than bandwidth.  The majority of your bandwidth for online gaming is used to download the game. Security With the increase of security cameras and home automation, the network is also critical from the operation of the system of smart...
How to Stack Your Rack for the Best Performance

How to Stack Your Rack for the Best Performance

If you’ve got a media system that you’ve gradually amassed over the years, you might have experienced the design conundrum where a tangled mess of wires and dust bunnies collect behind your gear or your system is constantly overheating and shorting out. If so, it’s time to nip this trend in the bud and invest in a solid rack solution to keep your gear housed properly and in tip-top shape. Here’s what to look for in a good A/V rack. Hide it right. These days, the trend is to centralize sources for the entire house in one central location. Rather than have sources for every display, you can use one source, like a satellite receiver or Blu-ray player, and distribute it to several different locations, saving you both money and space. You’ll need an equipment closet somewhere in your home to house the rack. That means you need to beef up your wireless network to provide unfettered access to all your gear and entertainment services, which we can also help you with. Wire management is a must. Managing the wires in a robust home theater, media or whole-house system is practically an art. Making sure that wires are clearly labeled, are not crimped or tangled, and are connected securely is something we train our installers to do. A good rack or piece of A/V furniture will have provisions for wire management, but nothing beats a qualified electronic systems contractor to make sure your rack is wired correctly. Save room for later. Always plan for more components than you currently have. You never know when you might need a new...