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Considerations When Planning a Home Network

Today almost every home and small office has a local network, and an Internet connection. The home network or small office network enables multiple devices e.g. PCs,tablets etc to connect to each other, and also to connect to the internet.

Several issues should be considered when planning for a home network, including the following:

Data speed

This will be determined by whether you chose to implement a wired or wireless home network. Wired networks offer the best data transfer rate inside the home network, up to lOGbps. The best data transfer rates for a wireless home network can be obtained using S02.lln (Wireless-N) technol- ogy. This is the next generation of high-speed wireless connectivity providing data transfer rates up to 4 x S02.llg speeds (200+Mbps).

Cost

Implementing a high-speed wired network can be quite expensive. With the networking hardware, cabling, and related hardware, you can incur an unexpected additional cost for implementing the high-speed wired home network. The cost of switching to or implementing an S02.lln Wireless-N network is minimal and is a suitable alternative to a wired network. But remember, the maximum data rate for a Wireless-N network is still much lower than that possible with a wired LAN.

Ease of implementation

A wireless home network is probably the easiest to implement if the cabling and connectors for a wired network are not already installed. The time required to install the wireless home network is usually minimal as long as unexpected problems do not surface.

Appearance

A wireless home network offers the best choice in regards to appearance because there won't be cables and networking hardware scattered around the house. The wireless home network will require a wireless router and an external wired connection to the ISP.

Home access

The choice of wired or wireless technology will not affect home access. However, the wired network will offer the best data transfer speed internal to the network, but the wireless network offers the best choice for mobility.

Public access

The choice of wired or wireless technology will not impact public access. The data rate for the connection to/from the ISP will be the limiting factor for the data transfer rate for public access.


Published on Mon 29 March 2010 by Daisy Batty in Networking with tag(s): home network