Back in the early nineties if you'd asked me what I'd like most for a present I'd have said a HoverBoard. Yep, seeing Marty McFly zipping around town in Back to the Future 2 had me looking at my conventional wheeled contraption of a skateboard like it was something about to be cast into history like the household paraffin lamp, the Outhouse and Liver and Onions - Yuk!
Two and a half decades later, I'd like one still if I'm honest but have accepted the fact that all short of paving West Londons streets with super magnets I'm probably some way off! The producers of BtF2 tried to predict the future. Just like Stanly Kubricks A Clockwork Orange and George Orwells 1984 they were some way off target. If you'd invested your life savings in a HoverBoard manufactuerer you'd be gnashing your teeth and weeping by now. Few people wear jazzy space suits or take the sky way to work. No sir, something else happened. The Digital Revolution. Not since the steam engine has technology leapt on in such a way. Who doesn't own a smart phone? TV and movies are moving off the shelf and into cyberspace. Connectivity is a word that applies to untold household appliances. Wi-Fi and email are words we never use to use when Marty McFly first punched Biff in the face. Every minute a new app is developed and a Californian Super Geek makes gazillions.. Simply put we are demanding more from our homes electrics - more on that another time - and connection capability. This brings me to the crux of this article. Wireless or wired networks in your home.
\sWhats best? Well dear reader, its like asking "should I be eating carbs or protein?" You need both. Having a wired local area network (WLAN) - yes thats what those little ports on your network hub are for - in your home or work space provides the back bone to your internet connections. Its like having a super highway for data to charge about at insane speeds unaffected by walls, furniture and any other object that makes Netflix buffer when your watching the end of a decent film. You can connect your computer straight into the web with the kinda macho assurance that comes with owning a 4 x 4 during a blizzard. You cruise elegantly along the treacherous road laughing through your heated windscreen in the face of lesser beings struggling in their puny Ford Focus.
Thats what those ports are for...
You don't have to own a mansion to struggle with wireless connections (Wi-FI). Maybe you even have a room in your property that doesn't pick up the wi-fi like it should. Loft conversions and garden offices are common offenders here. So too are older properties with their thick walls and lovely fire places etc. All slowing down our poor wi-fi signal. Enter the data connection point. Either connect direct (device to the web) or use a wi-fi connection point to "boost" your signal. Never again struggle with weak wi-fi! Security. I'm no IT wizard but I can tell you that some of these Super Geeks spoken of earlier are actually bad guys. Stealing commercial information, personal details and PIN numbers etc is to name but a few of their evil tricks and whats more much more straight forward on a wireless network than in a wired system. Simply for the reason that in a wired network the data is confined to the physical barrier of its cabling and not foot loose and fancy free in the air waves. This might particularly appeal to the person who logs into their companies intranet network from home. Am I saying the wi-fi network is going the same way as Betamax? Of course not. Its only set to improve as the good geeks come up with innovative and brilliant ways to move this data efficiently around to safely get to where it should be going. Wi-Fi is fantastic.
Without talking to much about bandwidth here keeping some devices on the wired network such as TVs, games machines and desk tops frees up space so that the smart phone, iPad/tablet etc can have more data "space" to run smoothly and not compete with bandwidth hungry devices such as the above. As said. Having both is the answer. Quantum Electrical Services installs data networks and can provide free surveys as to what type of system would best suit your property and connection requirements.
True, HoverBoards haven't been invented yet but undeniably the 21st century household and work space has moved on in many ways since Doc first came up with the idea of the flux capacitor. Whatever is invented next future proofing your biggest investment - your property, will never be a duff move. Oh yeah, I didn't mention that HDMI can be run over our data networks. I'll be writing another article that looks at this a bit more closely but in the meantime please get in touch if you'd like more info. Regards Daniel