24 Sep Networking
Now, more than ever before, we have come to depend on the internet for much of our daily activity in both work and leisure. Over the last two years, the meteoric rise in the number of people working from home is evidence to the fact.
However, “internet” is a broad term used by many of us to describe the multiple aspects of a network, how many times have you moaned about your internet playing up, when really you mean that your broadband speed has dropped, or you’ve lost the connection with your wi-fi? This is a common misconception but an easy mistake to make. Your internet, broadband and Wi-Fi are not all the same thing, so in this article, the team here at Pro Media Solutions will help you to gain a better understanding of the differences between the three, what they each do and we’ll explain how we can give you total, stable coverage in your home or office. Now is the time to eliminate pesky connection problems.
Broadband is wide bandwidth data transmission which transports multiple signals and traffic types. So that’s the technical definition, but what does it really mean? Think of broadband as your connection to the internet from your home to the outside world.
Choosing a broadband provider can be tedious, with so many providers and multiple options per provider as well all the options of different speeds. Which broadband package you really need, will depend on what you are using the internet for and how many people will be using it at the same time.
Starting with the low speeds and cheaper packages – if you live alone and aren’t using your internet intensively, maybe just streaming a film or binging your favourite series while flicking through your phone, the lower-end packages will do just fine. On the other end of the scale, if you have a smart home with all the kids always online, gaming, Streaming, binging and browsing on multiple devices…all while you’re trying to work from home… then a higher speed package will most certainly be needed to reduce connectivity problems.
Another big factor to consider when choosing a broadband package is gaming – it really needs that speed to optimise your gameplay, giving you the best quality with no delay, providing you a crucial edge in your online games. Gaming will eat up connection, so it’s important to have a good incoming speed so that not everyone in the house suffers while the gaming experts are busy doing what they do best, whatever that might be!
By now you know, in basic terms, that Wi-Fi is connection to the internet with no cables. Smart phones, laptops, TVs and so many other devices work using Wi-Fi nowadays. With a good Wi-Fi set-up most devices connected to the internet should work well and fulfil your needs without any hiccups.
Now, think back to all of those times you’ve said, “my internet is down again”, most of the time it’s poor Wi-Fi connection, and likely because you’re out of range or the Wi-Fi Strength just isn’t up to scratch.
When you’re supplied Wi-Fi from your broadband provider it will be done through the router. An ISP (Internet service provider) router is a great piece of kit as it will do all routing and security, however, the actual capability of its Wi-Fi is poor and the coverage will be minimal.
You may have been offered some form of “mesh” system by your provider, which is basically to boost the signal further, by bouncing from point to point wirelessly, unfortunately the signal becomes weaker, with each hop it does, along the access points. If you weren’t getting great signal to start with, this solution won’t bring much improvement, if any at all and may simply prove a waste of money as there is little gain.
How can WE help?
Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and the surge of people working from home, we have seen an enormous rise in inquiries for upgraded Wi-Fi. What is it that we can offer that is special and so much better than your broadband provider’s offering? well I’m about to tell you…
At Pro Media Solutions our technicians are fully trained in all aspects of networking. One of the most important things to know about connectivity is that wired is always best. Yes, Wi-Fi is great and requires minimal effort, but it will never be as good as a hard-wired device. Logically, we know that this is not always possible, which is why our Wi-Fi solution is as close as you’ll get to experiencing the speeds and reliability of a device being plugged in whilst being on Wi-Fi.
When providing Wi-Fi throughout your property, we will install Wireless access points which are hard-wired into the router or switch to ensure that Wi-Fi speed is at full signal when it reaches the area its supplying. We aim to ensure that your property has complete coverage with good signal throughout, with minimal black spots and weak areas.
We offer remote management of your wireless network too, meaning that we will be notified when you’re experiencing issues with connection and our technicians can diagnose and, in most cases, fix the problem remotely, without you even knowing you had a problem.
With the range of products on offer from in-ceiling and wall mounted, to outdoor and garden room wireless access points, we have got you covered. We are always testing new products off-site to make sure we are using the best products on the market for the best price.
To recap, when installing a Wi-Fi network throughout your house, we will also help you to understand which devices work best on which Wi-Fi channel so that you’ll get the best experience possible, with minimal disruption.
Each job is different, and we treat each installation with an approach specific to that property and the needs of the client. With devices becoming more and more dependant on internet connection every day, it is important to have a strong, stable network throughout your property.
If you’d like to speak to us about what we can do for your property, give us a call or drop us an email:
P: 0345 505 1760