Computer networks were once used primarily by businesses. Homeowners typically had a single computer to take care of mundane tasks and to communicate with others. Today, the plethora of devices adorning homes runs the gamut from multiple computers to gaming devices. Each device has its own use, but is designed to communicate using a wireless system. A home network is no longer an oddity, it is a virtual necessity. Here are a few of the common issues people discuss when asking why set up a home network?
Ease of Installation
At one point, networks used cables to connect components included in a network. With the introduction of wireless technology, everyone gained the ability to establish rather elaborate networks. All that is needed to create the backbone of a wireless network is an Internet provider and a couple of relatively simple devices – a modem and a wireless router. In fact, newer equipment combines both those devices into one unit, making the process even easier. While some individuals are still reluctant to tackle setting up a wireless network, the instructions provided make it possible for just about anyone to have a system up and running quickly.
What Devices Can Use a Home Wireless Network?
Again, at one point networks were intended to connect computers, but today more and more devices are designed to be incorporated into home wireless networks. Printers are good examples. Rather than having multiple printers scattered throughout the home, wireless networks allow computers from anywhere in the home to print on demand. Entertainment systems also make use of wireless networks, allowing direct streaming of programming from online sources like Hulu and Netflix. In addition, security systems and home environmental systems can now be remotely accessed using the wireless system.
Are There Security Risks Associated With Home Networks?
While there is always some risks when using wireless systems, they can be mitigated by following a few simple steps. Networks can be set up without initiating any security protocols, but that is not recommended. Equipment providers include instructions for setting up secure networks that are difficult for anyone to get past. That means, with a little planning, the risks of unauthorized persons accessing the network is minimal. We highly recommend that you keep track of tech and security blogs in order to stay on top of the security world and the latest in threats that could affect you.
Setting up a wireless network opens up the use a wide range of computing, entertainment, and environmental devices intended to make life easier and more enjoyable. If you don’t have a network established, consider setting one up today.
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