ARE CABLES NECESSARY?
We often get asked if cables are necessary in the age of 'wireless everything'.
The truth is - cables are more necessary than ever. The ISP supplied hardware is fine for a smaller house (less than 100 sqm depending on what it's constructed from). Wi-Fi is too high frequency to be able to travel through lots of walls and floors effectively, so to have great Wi-Fi throughout your home you need several transmitters wired back to a central point. This is exactly how Wi-Fi is provided in hotels and offices... we use the same strategy for our client's homes.
Older homes like villas and bungalows while not generally large in size they will suffer from WiFi penetration issues because for the density of the wall coverings (Plasterboard fixed to Sarking).
Multi story properties, L shape or H shaped homes will suffer from WiFI dead spots and buffering issues (speed) because of the physical shape, and sometimes the sheer size of the house.
Homes constructed with lots of steel, glass and concrete (most modern homes) will also suffer from WiFi penetration issues because of the actual materials used are not conducive to good WiFi penetration.
Lastly your neighbours can also have a big effect on your WiFi, especially true in modern high density townhouse developments, and apartments, which can often suffer from WiFi saturation causing speed issues and range reduction.
A cabled internet connection is still 10 x faster than the fastest wireless connection, so where possible we try and cable all video streaming devices. This helps reduce the dreaded buffering wheel from appearing when you are trying to watch your favourite Netflix show or Movie.
You could try using off the shelf plugin WiFi extenders but these generally come at the expense of speed and reliability, they also need to be setup correctly so that your devices know they are their, and automatically connect to the closest transmitter when you are in range.
The average home in 2018 has more 'connected devices' per square meter than a typical office. Many of the homes we look after have literally hundreds of connected devices and the router provided by your ISP simply isn't up to the job.
All of our systems include state of the art remote diagnostic capabilities and features like remote reboot to minimise the need for on-site service.
Please get in touch to discuss your WiFi challengers or concerns.