If you have anything more than a single computer in your home, you need to think about how you are going to wire things. Less than ten years ago, creating your own network at home meant running cables everywhere, even if it meant buying 50 yards of cat-5 Ethernet cable or putting holes in your walls!
Thankfully, we now have the option of trading all of that cable for a wireless network. However, before you invest, make sure that you know what kind of system might work best for you!
At the most basic level, a wired system hooks your computer up to the Internet by running a cable from your computer to the device in your home that produces your connection. If you pull out the cable, your computer no longer connects to the Internet. This is the older version of the home network, but it is far from outdated! [Read more…]