There was once a time when simply owning a television set was a status symbol. Then color television took over. Today, the average home has several television sets, gaming consoles, computers, recording devices, and an internet connection linking them all.
Having a home network typically means every electronic device in your home is connected to the internet. Wouldn't it be great if all these devices could be connected to each other? What if you could access the music library on your desk top computer from your television? How about watching TV on your lap top? Or controlling the entire network from your smartphone? The lastest home entertainment technology is the Internet Ready TV, or a television that can be directly connected to the internet witout the aid of another device like a Roku, Vudo, PS3 or cable or satellite service. This means you can watch television shows, movies, and access the internet right from your living room, only using 1 device. No more juggling a laptop to check facebook or write a tweet while trying to pay attention to your favorite prime time drama. Setting Up A Home Network The first decision you have to make is whether you want a wired or a wireless network. If you choose wireless, you must confirm that all of the devices in your home are wireless capable. If they are not, you may have to use a wired network. With a wired network you have run cables throughout your home or invest in upgrades for your devices to make them wireless.
To set up a wireless home network you will first need to have a broadband internet connection with a cable or DSL modem. Next, you need to have a wireless router - this will connect to the modem via a cable and emit a signal that can be read by the wireless enabled devices in your home. After the wireless router is connected to the modem, it is recomended that you choose a unique wireless network name or SSID, this will be the name of your network. Next, create a unique password or code for your network - this will keep it secure and prohibit unwanted devices from connecting to your network. Then you need to configure each device to recieve the wireless router signal and give the password. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Unfortunately, even though the end result is very user friendly, the initial set up can be quite complicated. You need specific equipment depending on your existing devices and internet service provider.
Once you have your network set up, you'll be able to share files with the other computers in your home. You can share video files, music files, and so much more. You're able to access information beyond your own hard drive. When something is stored in the "shared" folder on the computer, other computers are able to access it. Permissions can also be set to allow other folders to be accessed from another computer in the home. No more hunting for files or storage space - it's all at your fingertips. Lavitech Professional Contractors can take all the hassle and headache of a home network installation off your hands. Call us today to schedule a free in home estimate and see what Lavitech can do for you.