As wireless devices become more ubiquitous and advanced in their capabilities, demands on the wireless IP network continue to surge. Fortunately, the wireless network technology advancements are keeping pace with those demands. With 802.11ac, demanding applications such as media streaming that were once relegated to the hardwired network are now achievable wirelessly. We have discussed the 802.11ac standard in previous installments of this column. Now let’s take a closer look at the technology to better understand how the average home or business user might benefit from these 802.11ac performance enhancements.
Luxul Customer Services Manager
In today’s connected world, we want Internet access everywhere we go. Because of this demand there is a growing trend in both residential and commercial networking to offer free connectivity to visitors. The challenge seems to be doing so without compromising the integrity and security of the network. However, setting up a guest network that provides visitors with reliable connectivity—while keeping the private network secure—is actually much simpler than it may seem. With a little training and the use of the right tools, installers can easily deliver secure guest networking services to their residential and commercial customers.
Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) is a system that passes electrical power along with data over standard Ethernet cable—thus allowing a single cable to provide both data connectivity and electrical power to devices such as wireless access points or IP cameras.
The next generation of Wi-Fi has arrived—802.11ac is the latest Wi-Fi technology standard that promises even greater wireless networking performance than products based on the still shiny and new 802.11n standard.
In the previous three installments of this series, we discussed the basic components of an IP network, the functions of those components, and then took a closer look at routers. In this issue we will focus on Ethernet switches—the backbone of your local network. When selecting a switch or a combination of switches for your network, there are several issues to consider:
In parts one and two of this series, we discussed the basic components of an IP network, and the functions of each of those components. Going forward, we will look more closely at each of the component categories, and we’ll provide guidelines on what to look for when making product selection decisions.
With AV, security, and home automation systems all running over IP networks, professional installers have a tremendous opportunity to grow their businesses by offering networking solutions.
Once you understand the primary components that go into an IP network, how do you determine which components to choose? As an installer, the first thing to understand is that all networking gear is not made equal, and equipment choice will impact installation complexity, network performance, and the overall customer experience.