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Articles in Category: Home Networking Portland, OR

4 Ways Networking Improves the Home Office Experience

A secure home network can help you stay productive while you work from home

4 Ways Networking Improves the Home Office Experience

By now, those of us working from home in Portland, OR, have started learning the pros and cons of remote work. While it’s enjoyable to spend less time commuting and more time with the kids in the evenings, working from home comes with a whole new set of challenges that you probably haven’t faced while working in an office.

Home networking is a significant pain point for teleworkers. Slow, weak or unreliable internet connection can cause considerable stress due to lagging video conferences and slow document uploads. But with the right network, your home office can become a less stressful and more productive space. Keep reading to learn how!

Why You Want A Professionally Installed Home Network

High Performance, Low Maintenance

Why You Want A Professionally Installed Home Network

Home networking might seem to be simple. With a modem to access your Internet service, and a router — both often provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) — you can get wireless networking in your home, both between devices and connecting to the Internet. But if you have a larger home or have many smart devices, the standard solution from your ISP may not work well in all areas. While there may be settings you can tweak in your router to improve performance, networking is a very technical area, and few consumers know how to do this, or fix something when it doesn't work. Indeed, some consumers don't even know how to change the initial default password for their wireless network – which is a security hazard waiting to happen.

The number of smart devices that are being connected to home networks is exploding every year. Smart lights, cameras, speakers, thermostats, appliances, streaming devices, and TVs all need robust networking for proper operation. You may not even remember how many devices you depend on that are connected to your network. But when the network falters, you end up noticing. Your high definition and 4K video may buffer incessantly or freeze, your smart speaker can't do anything because it lost its connection, or your smart camera can’t send any alerts video feeds. More serious issues might come up, like being unable to operate your smart lock — hope you have the key!

If you have a smaller house or perhaps can tolerate the occasional hiccups from your network, maybe you can get by without professionally installed and optimized home networking. But if you want to run a smart home with many devices, you rely on your network for security features, and you need high bandwidth for work and entertainment at home, you would be wise to consider professional installation services and equipment for your home network.

At Encore Audio-Video, we work with Pakedge for installing high-performance home networks in Portland, OR. Why? Because Pakedge is part of Control4, our smart home solution partner, and they offer business-class performance for your home networking needs. Read on to learn more about how Pakedge networks stand out from the rest.

How to Make a Better Home Office

Get More Work Done with Strong Home Networking

How to Make a Better Home Office

Whether you work from home or just need a workspace to take care of the monthly bills, your office should encourage more efficient work. If your home networking system is not reliable, you’re going to find yourself wasting time while pages load or documents download. Developing a robust Wi-Fi is the first step to a better home office, but how do you do that? In this article, we’re providing a guide to building a better network in your Portland, OR home--and a few other smart techniques--to make a better office space. Continue reading to learn more.