Creating a home network is not an easy task. It needs a little reading and preparation before you buy the cables, routers and other gear. But first off, you need to figure out what kind of home network you need.
Do you want to create a network for a few laptops and a few Smartphones to connect to the internet?
Or, do you want to login to your office network using a VPN?
Are you building the set up to play popular massively multiplayer online games or use your PS4 or Xbox live?
The answer to these questions will tell you the kind of network you will need to create.
If you want to create an internet gateway from your wired connection to all the laptops and Smartphones at home, a High-speed Wi-Fi router would do the job. Connect your broadband or fibre optic cable to a Wi-Fi router, set up a new SSN and secure it with a strong password and viola, your home network is ready.
If you need to connect to your corporate VPN, be extra careful and choose a router that allows VPN pass through.
In case of MMOG or PlayStation or another gaming console, you need a router that works well with port forwarding. Look for a model that has a lot of user guides online. That way, you can handle the setup without involving a professional.
If you intend to watch Hulu, Netflix or other streaming services on your TV, you may need to set up a wired network.
Depending on the number of rooms that need coverage and the bandwidth required, your options are to go for a wired network or a wireless one.
If you plan to install large applications over the network, opt for the wired connection. Wi-Fi networks are notorious for their constant connection dropping.
You can even opt for a hybrid approach. Some routers have wired Ethernet outputs and also provide Wi-Fi facility. Use the Ethernet to connect with the TV for Hulu and other streaming services. Use the Wi-Fi for smartphone and laptops.
Choosing a central location in your house will optimise the Wi-Fi signal all over the house. Plus, it may also cost less cable length and works. Some new houses even have Cat 5e cable laid out along with the electrical system. If you are lucky enough to have that, all you need to do is plug the source from the router and you have a ready network.
In case your house is spread over multiple levels, you can add few access points in the common area to extend the range of your Wi-Fi. Avoid the urge to cable out everything and limit it only to those devices or PC which need low latency, constant connections.
While using the Wi-Fi, remember there are some studies that point to them being not very good for humans. Create a set up such a way that it can be turned off easily, at least when you are sleeping.