Two issues of home network: latency and signal coverage

Three Ways to Boost Home Network Performance

We all have been captivated by the idea of a thoroughly connected home where every aspect of our daily lives is linked to the outside world via the Internet. This is, after all, the promise of the "Internet of Things," in which devices from our phones and computers to entertainment consoles and even household appliances connect to our wireless home networks, gathering information, communicating and ultimately making our lives easier and more enjoyable.

If there was one obstacle standing in the way of this future of seamless home connectivity it is the limitations of the home network itself. Specifically, there are two issue that can prove frustratingly problematic for the average user—latency and signal coverage. The former can hamper the performance of online games and streamed media, while the latter limits what areas of the home a network can reach. Thankfully, neither problem is insurmountable. In fact, there are simple steps one can take to easily overcome these challenges and get the most out of your home network.

Up Your Technology Game

While you may be ready to experience the latest 4K and Ultra HD video streaming, one question remains: is your home network ready? High-definition video is an undeniable bandwidth hog. As network pipelines become burdened with those millions of bits of HD data, lag becomes a serious problem, and nobody wants their favorite movie ruined by incessant buffering and stuttering playback. The solution is as easy as upgrading your wireless router to one that takes advantage of the latest 802.11ac wireless standard and beamforming technology, such as the ZyXEL Armor Z1 dual-band wireless gigabit router. Routers that meet the 802.11ac wireless standard achieve exponentially faster transfer rates than previous models, and that means an end to the latency that can ruin media and game streaming experiences. Meanwhile, beamforming eliminates the frustration of Wi-Fi dead zones by focusing and amplifying wireless signals to target connected devices in every corner of your home, resulting in more stable connections across your network.

Seize Control of Your Network

It wasn’t long ago that most home users were satisfied if they managed to successfully set up their home network and connect all their devices. A new network installation could be challenging even for the average user, while managing permissions and security protocols was often better left the IT experts and power users. This is no longer the case, thanks to easy-to-use network management utilities like the ZyXEL ONE Connect app, which is included with products like the Armor Z1. One Connect is a multi-device application that scans for connectable devices. It not only makes set-up nearly effortless by synching all your connected devices, but management becomes a snap as well. You can easily created guest accounts, manage user permissions, schedule usage to save energy, and diagnose problems, all through a user-friendly interface.

Take Coverage to the Next Level

As with walls, floors and ceilings in multistory homes form barriers that inhibit Wi-Fi signals and complicate wired network deployments. Yet again, there are wired and wireless solutions to easily and effectively extend network coverage across multiple floors. One option is a powerline Wi-Fi extender, like the ZyXEL PLA4231 Powerline Wireless N Extender. This device converts your home’s electrical wiring into network cabling, taking your network anywhere a power outlet can be found. The device’s simple plug-and-play design makes it easy to connect any room in the house. Range boosters like the ZyXEL WRE2206 Range Extender achieve similar results wirelessly by relaying and enhancing Wi-Fi signals. An LED signal indicator built into the device makes it easy to find the ideal location to place the device for optimal performance. As with Wi-Fi, wired networks can just as easily be expanded with powerline Ethernet adapters like the ZyXEL PLA 5405 Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter, bringing high-speed 1200 Mbps connectivity to every floor of your home.

Whether you go wired or wireless, it is now easier than ever to create a dynamic high-performance home network to take advantage of the latest developments in connected technology. Let these steps guide you to a simpler and more satisfying network experience.