WHAT EXACTLY IS HOME NETWORKING AND STRUCTURED CABLING AND WIRING?
Home networking connects two or more devices to a central point, such as a modem, which connects to the internet. Structured cabling and wiring refers to the infrastructure that makes home networking possible.
In order to network devices, you need to have a structured cable or wire system that features low-voltage wiring. Structured cabling and wiring allows you to do things like restart a TV show from a DVD in one room after starting it in a different room or use the same internet network with multiple computers and devices.
WHY DO I NEED HOME NETWORKING?
In order to take advantage of smart home automation, you need home networking in place. Some of the things you can do if you are using home automation include:
1. Using a thermostat that adjusts temperatures based on your schedule, so that you don’t waste energy on heating and cooling when you’re not home.
2. Installing a security system that triggers all of your lights to come on when someone opens a door or window and doesn’t enter a password.
3. Adjusting your lights in a home theater without having to use a dimmer switch.
4. Having surveillance cameras that send you a message on your smartphone when someone walks onto your front porch.
Home networking is also likely to become increasingly important as a feature when you sell your home. Buyers will be interested in buying homes with structured cabling and wiring already in place, so that they don’t have to go through the process of installing it after moving in. This demand will likely grow, and not having these systems in place may eventually impact the value of your home.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO INSTALL STRUCTURED CABLING AND WIRING?
The best way to know for sure if your wiring is capable of supporting smart home automation is to have a technician who does wiring and cabling work inspect your setup. He or she will determine what you need.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A HOME WIRELESS ACCESS POINT?
An Access Point connects directly to a wired local area network, typically Ethernet, and the AP then provides wireless connections using wireless LAN technology, typically Wi-Fi, for other devices to use that wired connection.
APs support the connection of multiple wireless devices through their one wired connection. For your most robust networking installs, Indoor and outdoor Access Points deliver the fastest speed on the highest number of devices. The latest technologies permit more devices to talk to the access point simultaneously, making it perfect for high-density networks with multiple wireless clients.