Different homes require different solutions
How your house is designed and the materials it is made from, will impact on your reception and influence your decisions about networking and connectivity for your new home or renovation project.
You need to consider whether your home is multi-storey or has outdoor rooms or extensions. Whether it is constructed from Bluestone, is double or single brick, has a timber or steel frame, can all have an impact on how your network should be designed.
Structured Cabling or Wireless?
Which way should you go? The answer is both. Structured cabling is the cabling infrastructure that delivers telephone and Internet throughout your home. You can now enjoy the added flexibility of having any data point also performing as a telephone point. On top of this, wired cabling performance standards are far superior, guaranteeing faster, more reliable speed and signal consistency.
Wireless technology is perfect for the everyday use of computers, mobile and tablet devices. Wireless networks are also perfect when you need to locate a networked device where wiring is impractical, such as in older homes or rentals. The downside is that with wireless networks you need to be aware of demand on the service. Additional devices draw on the same source and create bandwidth limitations, resulting in poorer transmission quality and interference that can downgrade your performance.
Wireless devices are naturally affected by interference and distance. When considering where to place wireless access points, you may need to consider additional options to ensure that your your wireless device and signal strength is consistently strong, rather than intermittent or weak. Your options include:
- installing additional data points and power outlets for another router
- installing additional power outlets for ‘signal repeaters’.
Clipsal recommends that you talk to your builder or electrical/structured cabling contractor for advice on where to place additional points.
Build a solid Home Network
Home networking ensures that almost every technology can be utilised throughout your home. While planning your project, you need to consider your options. How likely are you to use the different areas of your home with particular types of devices? For example; what areas are you likely to have a smart TV? Smart TVs should have a data point, free-to-air TV point, and if you have Pay TV as well, then a Pay TV point is required. For Internet services in your study, a data outlet is required and possibly a telephone point for fax services. Monitored security will require a phone service to contact your security organisation of any alerts.
So where should you start? Here are a few basic options to start the ball rolling:
|Data||Fixed Service Telephone||MATV Free-to-Air TV||Pay TV Foxtel (if available)|
|Single Storey Home|
|Basic Internet with wireless and free-to-air TV||1||1||1||1|
|Basic Internet with wireless and free-to-air TV||2||2||2||2|
Home Networking with StarServe®
Yet another level of Clipsal ‘smart solutions’ is home networking using StarServe - the ultimate in home networking infrastructure. With one hub, a StarServe solution will help create a centre for networking all your data, video and telephone needs. This includes your fax, Internet, audiovisual, surveillance cameras and security interface.
Imagine being able to distribute broadband Internet to multiple rooms, or watching HDTV, a DVD or Pay TV on any TV in your home. Your own structured cabling network using StarServe distribution also accommodates print sharing, file sharing and network gaming.
By cabling your home with StarServe Data, you can prepare yourself to take full advantage of all that the NBN has to offer.