Does your home wifi struggle to cope with the demand of your family’s streaming, gaming, and web browsing – not to mention internet reliant household devices including video doorbells, security systems, Alexa/Google Hub/HomePods and heating systems?

Before you know it the school holidays will be over and the children will be back to school. Which means one more thing that needs a reliable internet service…homework! 

The good news is, improving your home internet coverage is usually a fairly simple job. In next to no time you, and your family, can enjoy high speed internet access throughout your home whether they are streaming, gaming, web browsing or doing their homework!

Why is your home wifi slow or patchy?

There can be many reasons why your home wifi is slow or patchy. 

The internet speed coming into your property is a factor you may have limited control over. For example, your home may not have access to super fast internet speeds or you may not be connected via fibre to the property. If you’re not sure about the internet options for your home, we’d recommend having a conversation with your Internet Service Provider as the first step.

Assuming the internet service to your property is good, you then need to think about usage within your property. These days our homes are packed full of devices that rely on access to the internet and, commonly, people opt to connect to the wifi rather than use wired connections. 

How many of these do you have?

  • AI assistants such as Alexa, Google or HomePod
  • Wifi heating controls
  • Sky Q multi-room
  • Games consoles
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Smartphones
  • Video doorbell such as Ring
  • Home CCTV system
  • Desktop computers

This list is far from exhaustive but it’s likely that you will have some of these items in your home and, in some cases your family will own multiple devices – for example several smartphones, tablets or laptops. 

In the simplest of terms, all of these items, when connected to your home wifi network, use a share of the internet signal from your router. The more devices you have connected, the less signal there is to go round. The less signal there is the more unreliable your internet access becomes on the devices. 

Then consider the structure of your home and the location of the wifi router. Often the router is in a cupboard, under the stairs or somewhere else relatively tucked away. It then has to deliver the signal throughout your property – through walls, across multiple floors and maybe you even need it in the garden. That’s a lot for one router to manage!

Perhaps you’ve added boosters, installed mesh systems or installed an additional router to try and combat this problem but are still experiencing slower internet speeds than your family expects. 

The benefits of combined home internet network

Combining WiFi and wired connectivity in the home is an easy and reliable way to improve your home internet service. 

Over the years we have quickly become accustomed to connecting everything to WiFi rather than plugging in to the wall. However, whilst WiFi is undeniably convenient, it’s not always the best way to get fast and reliable access to the internet. Often the best way to improve your home internet is to install a wired network alongside the WiFi. Doing so allows you to relieve the WiFi network of some traffic and increase the available signal for devices that have to be used wirelessly. 

For example, when our engineers talk to clients they often discover that there are a number of devices like laptops and desktops for example, that are primarily used in the same part of the home. These devices are obvious candidates to be connected to a wired network for the most part of their use. They can still be connected to the WiFi when they need to move but when ‘in situ’ in their usual location, they are easily plugged in. 

The same applies to systems like CCTV and home security systems. Indeed connecting these to wired networks also means that you have a reliable internet connection that can’t easily be disrupted by criminals in the same way a WiFi connection would be. 

Is it expensive or disruptive to install a wired network at home?

The honest answer is, it depends. However, it definitely doesn’t have to break the bank and our engineers are all trained to identify the least disruptive installation options in your home. . 

You will need to pay for the installation and the cost of that depends on your home and the complexity of the network you need. You also need to factor in the cost of the necessary hardware but, to keep it simple, our quotes are all inclusive. 

And when you compare the cost of installation to the enduring stress of a family who can’t do their homework, play their games or stream TV unhindered by internet hitches, we think you’ll agree it’s a small price to pay!

Ready to find out more?

To find out more about how we can help you improve your home internet, please call 0330 124 8051 or email sales@netcom.ltd.uk and one of the team will be happy to help answer your questions and advise on the best solution for your home. 

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