We’ve talked a lot about installing cables and the advantages of ethernet connection, but we must still not overlook WiFi. You will still need WiFi for portable devices and those which can’t be plugged in.
It’s worth testing the range of your existing WiFi to find out if you have any areas of your home or garden which don’t get good coverage. Use your smartphone, laptop or tablet to connect to your WiFi and move around your house to test the connection. Smartphone apps are available to help with this, if you would like to measure the coverage with any more accuracy than simply using the WiFi symbol on your phone.
Areas where there is a a weak signal would benefit from having an additional access point (AP) fitted. Most homes would benefit from having at least a couple of access points, especially older or larger properties with stone internal walls. Please click on the images to get specific information about the featured products.
Power over ethernet (POE) wireless access points take the form of ceiling or wall mounted units which attach to your switch using a single ethernet cable and provide WiFi access for the area they cover. You may need just a single access point or several throughout the house depending on the size of your home. There are also outdoor versions available if you need extra coverage in the garden. Please click on the images to get specific information about the featured products.
These usually appear as a small unit which may be attached to the ceiling or wall, but there are now also units available which are built into the ethernet wall outlet plate. These are a neat solution, if you have a room in your house with an ethernet connection but poor WiFi. This could be used to replace the existing wall plate. Please click on the images to get specific information about the featured products.
Like with any POE device, you’ll either need to use a switch with POE capability, or POE injectors. These are small devices which connect in-line to a run of ethernet cable and connect the mains to provide inline power. Please click on the images to get specific information about the featured products.
The depending on the manufacturer of the system you choose, wireless access points are either set up and configured using a control panel which can be accessed through your web browser, or using their own dedicated software.
If you have a wireless router, having separate wireless access points really makes the WiFi built into your router redundant, so it might be worth switching this off in your router’s settings.