Home networking is the bits you need to allow your computer, printers, smart phones, tablets, smart TV and many other devices to talk to each other and /or to access the internet.
To explain what are the bits that make up home networking let’s place some of the devices listed above into rooms in a home and build the network.
Typical house plan
Let’s expand it and place the broadband modem in the study.
The device shown here is a broadband modem with only one cable connected and that is from the internet service provider.
If all you have is one computer then you can plug the Ethernet port in your computer straight into the Ethernet port in the broadband modem. The cable between the broadband modem and the computer is a very simple home network.
If you have more than one computer or may be some smart phones or tablets we can simply add a wireless access point (WAP) or wireless router.
We’ve now added a wireless router which plugs straight into the broadband modem and now our computer plugs into one of the Ethernet ports of the wireless router.
Now lets see if we place a computer into the far corner of master bedroom.
The computer we have just added may not be wireless enabled or in some cases may be beyond the wireless network. So to get around this we can run some data cabling from the wireless router to the computer in the master bedroom.
Now you see an Ethernet cable installed in the wall connected to modular wall outlets. Now all we need to do is install a flexible Ethernet cable (also known as fly leads) from the wall outlets to the computer in the master bedroom and another one to the wireless router.
Most home networks today are a hybrid of wired and wireless but keep in mind there are other technologies available when installing wiring is impossible and wireless does not do work
, see Home Networking connectivity solutions
for more details about all the options.
Any telephone, data, communications and security cabling installed in concealed location must be installed by a Registered Cabler