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Home and Office Networks can make using the Internet and other computer services a lot easier and quicker, not to mention safer, if configured with the right equipment and know-how. Home routers (Internet boxes!) from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) are usually pretty low standard and lacking in features that come as standard with the more professional routers available from computer shops.


The WiFi service offered from your ISP provided router may not be very effective too. So an additional or dedicated ‘Wireless Access Point’ (WAP) would undoubtedly improve WiFi in your home or office. Features available on WAPs include monitoring and blocking; WiFi could be automatically switched off at night for example. Another possibility is to use a Cloud WAP ‘controller’. This is a website where you control your WAP and see all sorts of useful information about how the WAP is being used. WAPs can be edited via this website to set up networks, adjust the bandwidth available to any particular network (handy if the gamer in your house is eating all your Internet bandwidth!). 


Home offices or larger work environments often suffer from lower productivity if the Internet connection is poor. The root cause of this apparent ‘Internet Slowness’ is very often nothing to do with the actual Internet connection, rather a problem with a device or perhaps a bad configuration. Good configuration and solid networking components are very important to keeping things running smoothly. 


If your home network is in a house with very thick walls, or perhaps its a really large property, ‘Powerline adapters’ are devices that utilise your home’s mains power cables to extend your network. 


A network switch is useful when you have two or more cable connected devices, PCs or Macs in a small office would be a common situation, and need them to talk to each other or connect via the same Internet connection. Switches start with 4 ports and can provide up to 48 ports per switch. 


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