Internet has changed a lot over the years. Dial-up modems and network hubs have now become museum pieces and have made way for home networks that are many times more efficient. In addition to speed, the complexity of these networks has also skyrocketed. If there used to be one PC in our households that was used by all family members, the number of connected devices is now higher than ever and this trend continues.
Take a look around in an average household: nowadays it is perfectly normal for desktops, notebooks and tablets to be connected in a home network, but that’s not all: there are also the smart-tv’s and game consoles, and so on. Bandwidth is not only for gamers and cinephiles, just think of the increasing popularity of IP cameras, so the need for solid home networking systems continues to grow explosively.
Ease of use is also an important factor. The current installation of routers and access points has become simpler and more accessible. In principle, even someone who is not professionally involved in IT can install a home network by carrying out a number of simple steps. This ease of use and the accessibility of a home network therefore pose new challenges. Just think of the manager of the proliferation of WiFi connections in apartment buildings that slow down the Internet, manage network access for children, … .
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The wireless signal must be optimal everywhere in the house, from the basement to the attic, and often multiple access points, repeaters and/or extenders can offer a solution.
More than ever before, security also plays an important role. Here not only the signal has to be secured, but also parental control, access restrictions and VPN tunnels for home users can be provided.
Finally, due to the increase in the number of wired devices, the need for sufficient gigabit ports is also increasing. Systematically the 5 port 10/100 switches are replaced by gigabit switches with 8, 16 or even more ports. In new-build homes, it is not uncommon to see a rack switch in the garage, or it is even recommended to install it on a home user’s premises.