About Home Networking
Setting up a Network has all ways been a thing for the specialised techies of the world, but now it’s is easier then ever for the home user to set up their own small home network, thanks to the great devices that have been made for the home user.
Most homes now have high speed broadband and have the basic equipment already to make a simple home network. The majority of routers these days can act as a wireless hub and as the majority of Laptops and PC’s have the capability to be wireless or wired, so you can have multiple devices connected to your broadband router.
“But I can get a strong wireless connection in the room in the roof”
Wireless dead spots are now a thing of the past with more and more Power Line Adapters available that can boost your wireless range throughout the house and garden. These little gems work with your existing wired or wireless routers, they use your home electrical wiring to boost and extend your network.
Most of these are simple “Plug & Play” devices and require hardly any setting up. You just need to plug one adapter into a power socket near your router and connect the two via a Ethernet cable that is more than likely supplied with the adapter. Then plug another one in to a power socket in the room where you want to have a device connected to your network, now this could be a wired or wireless connection depending on the adapter you have purchased.
I haven’t got enough electrical sockets in the room?
There are power adapters on the market that have a “pass through” therefore you won’t lose the socket!
All Devices Connected – Lets Share
Once you have all the devices in the home connected to your router you can share data on your devices around the home. Depending on the version of Windows or Apple OS you are running this can be set up quite easy. For example if you have Windows 7 installed on your PC then you would just need set up a Homegroup on your main device.
- Start>Control Panel
- Network and Internet> Choose Homegroup and Sharing
- Create a Homegroup (select the libraries you want to share and click next. Just remember the password!)
Then on your other Window 7 devices simply do the same but select “Join Now” under the Homegroup and Sharing Options. For devices that are running a later or earlier version of windows then this would be slightly different but still relatively simple .
Media sharing is done in more or less the same way, you just need to select “Stream my pictures, music and videos to all devices on my network” or something along those lines depending on your operation system. You will then be able to stream music, videos and pictures to any device connected to your network, even your SMART TV.
Printers can also be shared over the network, so you don’t need to buy a printer for each device. More and more printers now have a wireless capability thus allowing these to be added to you wireless network and be used wirelessly from another wireless devices.
We have a range of Home Networking products to help keep your home fully connected 24/7.