You’re at work, you’re expecting a package, and you’re anxious to know if it’s arrived. If you have a security system you can monitor from your smartphone, you could use it to see if the box has landed on your doorstep.
With smartphone technology, you can control many in-home systems from anywhere. Everything from security systems to thermostats and lighting can be controlled via apps on your phone.
With seemingly limitless wireless access, structured cabling can seem like an afterthought – it’s easy to see structured cabling as old tech – but it’s more important than you think.
The Importance of Being Wired
A reliable wireless network depends on a high-performing structured cabling infrastructure. The smartest home networks use wired connectivity for stationary devices such as IPTV, Blu-Ray®, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles, and then add a wireless router to provide a strong Wi-Fi signal to smart devices in the home.
Even though a number of smart devices – from appliances to home automation systems – have the capability to connect to a Wi-Fi router, placing too much strain on your wireless network bogs down your bandwidth and slows your access speed.
Keeping it Neat
Wireless connectivity is an attractive option. You get convenience and flexibility, and you’re not tethered to a hardline network. While Wi-Fi allows for a cleaner look throughout your home, it doesn’t mitigate the need for reliable structured cabling. Fortunately, solutions exist that give you excellent wireless performance without cable clutter.
A Structured Media® enclosure can serve as the central hub for your network, while concealing all network devices (routers, switches, modems, etc.) in one place. Organizing your network in a Structured Media enclosure saves space, eliminates tangled cable nests, and provides easy access to all your connected devices.
To optimize your network even more, use an enclosure made from an ABS polymer plastic, such as the Leviton RF Transparent Structured Media Enclosure. This enclosure keeps all of your wired and wireless networking equipment in one spot, without hindering your wireless signal.
Well-organized, structured cabling is a necessity for a home wireless network that performs optimally. When you connect stationary smart technologies to your wired network, you free bandwidth for other wireless devices. Support your smart home with smart networking strategies, and you’ll gain complete, uninterrupted control of your in-home system — anywhere in the world.
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