Once you have made the decision to setup a computer network in your home, it’s important to consider what type of network you actually want. We have put together a list of questions you need to answer to help point you in the right direction, plus a list of advantages of each type of network.
Is security of the upmost importance?
If you run your own business from home, your company files will be strictly confidential. As such, most companies will opt for a wired connection over a wireless one. You can also achieve a greater data-transfer rate (download speed - the length of time taken to download films, music, games and files) with a wired connection.
Setting the limits of your internet connection
Want to surf the net in the garden? Does the idea of checking your emails from anywhere in your house appeal to you? Are you frustrated by the amount of wires running in and around all of your appliances? If so, a wireless network may be your best solution.
Do you want flexibility?
Fairly new to the world of networking is Powerline Networking. This is where you can use your existing power cables as network cables. All it takes is a couple of adapters plugged into your power sockets and away you go. You can even connect to them wirelessly if you want to.
Advantages of the different types of networks
|Extremely secure||Can connect from virtually anywhere in the house||Can be wired or wireless|
|More stable||Great for laptops, PDAs and sony PSPs||Flexibility to move the connection to any room with a power socket|
|Fast data transfer rates||No wires||Easy to set up, no CDs or software required|