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Wired or Wireless?

Many clients ask whether they need a wired network. Sure, phones and mobile devices need to have wireless connectivity but why do we still need wires? There are only 3 different channels on WiFi. 1, 6 and 11. The others are just overlaps. As a result, things can get congested. What you don't want when you are watching a movie, is to have the video pause and start buffering. This is more likely on a wireless network.

Unless you live in a small 2 or 3 room flat, you will probably need more than one wireless access point. Using wireless repeaters does work, but they halve the bandwidth by having to act as a repeater. The answer is to have network cables around your home and access points can therefore be plugged in where necessary.

So where do you need network points? Data poiunts are typically installed in pairs or groups of 4. We suggest these are put any where you may need any of the following:

  • Computer

  • Printer

  • Telephone

  • TV

  • DVD Player

  • Satellite TV receiver

This would typicaslly mean 1 or two double data points in most rooms, especially by beds, behind TVs and behind desks where a computer may be used.

Modern music systems like Sonos work wired and wirelessly, so do you need to run wires? The simple answer is yes, if possible. If you have a home with lots of Sonos players and one day you decide to add one without a nearby data point, you can utilise the wireless functionality and this should work but if you can, it will be more reliable on a wired connection.

For the most reliable connection, use a Managed Wireless Network.

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