Home networking and home entertainment
Once, home networks were primarily the realm of technophiles — most families either didn’t need or couldn’t afford more than one computer. But now, in addition to using computers for email people use them for schoolwork, shopping, instant messaging downloading music and videos, and playing games. For many families, one computer is no longer enough to go around. In a household with multiple computers, mobile phones and streaming services a home network cabled or wireless often becomes a necessity rather than a technical toy.
Picture2sound can install high speed network cabling and switching equipment for all your home network requirements:
- SkyQ Extended reliability
- Catchup TV streaming services
- Data sockets
- Wired WIFI access points
What is home networking?
A wireless network allows devices to stay connected to the network, but roam untethered to any wired access point amplify Wi-Fi signals, so a device can be far from a router but still be connected to the network. When you connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot at a cafe, a hotel, an airport lounge, or another public place, you’re connecting to that business’s wireless network.
A wired network uses cables to connect devices, such as laptop or desktop computers, to the Internet or another network. A wired network has some disadvantages when compared to a wireless network. The biggest disadvantage is that your device is tethered to a router. The most common wired networks use cables connected at one end to an Ethernet port on the network router and at the other end to a computer or other device.
Previously it was thought that wired networks were faster and more secure than wireless networks. But continual enhancements to wireless network technology such as the WI-FI-6 networking standard have eroded speed and security differences between wired and wireless networks.
What are the uses for home networking?
Most home entertainment devices such as multiroom audio and televisions support wired or wireless (Wifi) home networking.
- File sharing
Share photos, music, films and documents between computers and media players such as multiroom speakers and TVs. These can be stored in one place on a Network Accessed Storage (NAS) device.
- Broadband Sharing
Multiple family members can access the internet simultaneously.
- Multi-player games
Some video games, such as those on Xbox and PlayStation, allow friends and family to play together and a home network makes this possible.
- Printers and scanners
These can be shared by all computers connected to the network
Garden Office/room networking
For those who work from home or have a garden office, often connection can be something that is unstable from the house wi-fi or direct ethernet cabling is not set up. We provide network solutions that share the home connection to the garden office/room.
Catchup and streaming services
Downloadable services that are viewed from your Smart TV or device, such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Britbox, Disney+
Ethernet multipoint sockets
A wired network socket allowing a more secure and better internet connection.
We offer extended Wi-Fi throughout the home to deal with blackspots where the signal is weak.