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Guidebook Networking

  • Routers

    Routers provide the different devices within a household or a business with Internet. This creates an internal network with the router at its center.
    There are different securities which exist to fully secure your network while using the Internet. A WPA2 security for instance will get you covered on all hazards you may come across.
    In order to avoid any headaches or time loss, it is recommended that you work with a fast WiFi network and the best possible WiFi range.
    If you want to make the most out of your network and fully enjoy your different devices you should invest in a well performing and fast Router.

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    Transferring your Data – Ethernet Connection

    There are two main Ethernet standards influencing the transfer of your data from one device to another over your network: Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet.

    Gigabit Ethernet supports a transfer of 1000 Mbit/s compares to only 100 Mbit/s for Fast Ethernet. Most of the network devices feature Gigabit Ethernet except for several range extenders. The speed of MB per second is found when dividing the Mbit by eight. Therefore Gigabit Ethernet has a speed of 125 MB/s and Fast Ethernet of 12,5 MB/s. In general Gigabit Ethernet is ten times faster than your Fast Ethernet. Get the most out of your home network and maximize its speed!

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    The different WiFi types

    There are different WiFi standards, the latest ones being Wireless N and Wireless AC. Wireless N devices usually have maximum speed peaks of 450 Mbit/s (37,5 MB/s) and Wireless AC of 1300 Mbit/s (162,5 MB/s). Wireless AC is on average three times faster than Wireless N.

    Get your upgrade and use the latest Wireless standard by switching to Wireless AC!

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    WiFi Range

    There are two frequencies that are being used for wireless networks: 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz. 2,4 GHz is used by single-band routers whereas dual-band Routers use 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. Tri-band Routers will even work with two 5GHz bands. The smaller 2,4 GHz frequency is often disturbed and overloaded by different signals from the surroundings such as smartphones, microwaves, game consoles, car alarms or other devices.

    The bigger 5 GHz frequency offers more space thus reducing interferences and resulting in a more stable and faster signal. To enjoy the full benefits of several brands you have to ensure first that your wireless network actually supports a 5GHz frequency.
    Increase the stability and speed of your wireless network now!

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  • WiFi Repeater

    A WiFi Repeater or Range Extender sends your current WiFi signal from your router further out. It ‘repeats’ the existing signal to increase your current WiFi coverage and range. If you want to extend your signal out to your garden or to the other side of the office, consider investing in a WiFi Repeater.
    Router are usually limited to 10-15 meters when sending a WiFi signal. Multiple factors affect the strength of your signal such as walls, your power circuit or other devices. The signal is often strongest on one floor so if you want to use your WiFi on multiple stories you might have to extend your range.
    The set-up is very easy by simply placing the Repeater within the range of your current WiFi coverage. It is a great solution if you want to:

    • Have a greater WiFi coverage within your office or house
    • Online gaming in a room
    • Have good coverage in your garden
    • Cover all floors of the building

    Extend your current WiFi coverage by getting a WiFi Repeater!

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    Choose the right spot for your WiFi Repeater
    WiFi Repeater

    Finding the right spot for your WiFi Repeater is essential as it also determines your future WiFi coverage. Make sure you place it at a place where you still have WiFi connection. Do not place it in a spot you want to extend your WiFi signal to. The Repeater will not be able to extend the signal and you will not get any improved coverage. Ideally, you would choose a spot at the end of your current WiFi signal. The Repeater has to receive a strong signal to be able to extend it. You can easily determine the right spot with your smartphone by switching the WiFi on and checking for the spot at the end of your coverage but where you still have a WiFi signal. There are also Apps that can help you find the right position for your Range Extender.

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    The speed of a WiFi Repeater

    The strength of your WiFi Repeater will depend on your router and the standard it uses. It’s being innovated and changed regularly but the highest standard at the moment is Wireless AC. It supports several devices simultaneously. If you have a router with multiple bands and Wireless AC you should opt for a dual band Wireless AC repeater.
    If you would like to add a wired device to your extended signal you can use a repeater with a network connection. The set-up and principle is the same as for a normal WiFi Repeater.
    It only differs in its additional network connection allowing wired devices to benefit from the extended network.

    Get the most out of your WiFi network!

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  • Powerline Adapter

    Would you like to connect a wired device to your network without having a connection nearby? The best solution - a Powerline Adapter.
    A Powerline Adapter allows you to access your network through any socket of your home or office regardless of the floor or location. The hassle of endless cables across your office or drilling into your walls is gone as a Powerline Adapter simply uses your power circuit to extend your network. The second adapter offers the possibility to add any wired device to your network. If you want to connect several devices you can choose an adapter with more than one outlet and a socket.

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    Extended WiFi
    Powerline Adapter

    Are there any areas in your home or office you’d rather have a WiFi signal instead of a wired extension? Then you should simply opt for a Powerline Adapter with the ability to create a WiFi hotspot. It’s based on the same system than a normal Powerline Adapter as a normal Powerline Adapter except the second adaptor offers a strong WiFi signal instead of a wired outlet.

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    The speed of a Powerline adapter

    There's different speed rates ranging from 200 up to 1200 Mbit/s. The most common speed of 500 Mbit/s (62,5 MB/s) is perfect for web browsing, gaming or streaming HD videos. The distance between the adapters and the quality of the power network is crucial for your Powerline Adapter. This solution is perfect if you use Gigabit Ethernet.

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    Installing your Powerline adapters step by step

    • Plug in the first adapter into a socket near to your router and connect it with a network cable
    • Plug in the second adapter into a socket at the location you would like to extend your network to
    • Press the button to connect them to each other
    • Ready to go! You can fully enjoy your network.

    A Powerline Adapter network already functions with two adapters but you can easily further increase their range with kits of more than two adapters.

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  • Networking Switches

    A network Switch uses one single network connection from your router or modem to offer multiple ports instead. Usually routers offer up to four LAN ports whereas a Switch has between 5 and 52. One will always be used to connect onto the router or modem which leaves one port per device you would like to connect. Your network can always be extended and more devices can regularly be added.

    Add all your devices to your network right now!

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    Managed vs. Unmanaged

    If you opt for an unmanaged Switch you will only have to install the connection between your router and your Switch with a network cable. It will immediately be ready for use and offers multiple network ports!
    The intermediary solution between a managed and unmanaged Switch is a Smart Switch. It offers similar options and possibilities than the managed Switch but with restrictions. The offer is not as big as it is for a managed solution.
    A managed switch allows you to keep control of each port and let them run independently. You will be able to manage each connection online. This can be helpful within a corporate network where multiple users work within the same network. Some of your possibilities with managed Switches:

    • VLAN: create a virtual LAN connection for each department for example sales, security, etc. Ports will be enabled for one specific area which will ease the use of the Switch and its ports
    • QoS: Quality of Service enables you to prioritize on task by emphasizing certain types of network traffic. For example VoIP calls and streaming will have a higher priority than downloads or receiving emails.
    • LACP: Link aggregation suggests that you use multiple network cables for the connection between your Router and your Switch. All cables will equally send the signal to the switch which will increase its throughput rate.

    Control your connections and make full use of all your network devices!

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    Get power over Ethernet

    It is also possible transfer power in addition to data over your Ethernet connection with the PoE (Power over Ethernet) technology. Simply connecting your device to a PoE supported switch makes any additional socket useless. However not every device or Switch supports the PoE technology.

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  • Accessories

    Network Cables

    Always keep the possibility of connecting different devices to your wireless Router by giving it enough length with a long network cable. You might opt for a longer cable over 1,5 m.

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    Using your WiFi out of your Router’s range

    A WiFi Repeater can give you all possibilities you need to fully enjoy your wireless network even in your garden for example. It simply repeats the original WiFi signal to areas your Router can reach.

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    Eliminating useless network cables across your house

    If you want to connect a device to your network but you want to avoid any additional cable across your house you should opt for a Powerline Adapter. It uses your power network to pass the Internet onto a different power plug to enable you to connect any wired device to your network.

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    Connecting more than one wired device to your network

    Not enough Ethernet ports on your router? No problem! Just add a network switch with an addition of various Ethernet ports for all your wired devices.

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