Wireless Home Network Configuration
For Maximum Performance
Configure wireless network equipment properly, so that hardware can connect and data will flow through it, without creating bottlenecks.
It’s what defines a well designed wireless network configuration.
When configuring a WiFi network it’s always desirable to use the fastest possible equipment when linking the Best Wireless Router and wireless access point you can afford.
This will be the framework that will support all your wired and wireless enabled devices on your home network.
To create the best framework for your home network configuration, we need to configure wireless network equipment using twisted pair wired connections whenever possible.
Then configure wireless network equipment port connections by pairing up network equipment by matching their wireless standards including, performing an advanced networking technique called Channel Bonding.
This will accelerate network performance to its maximum capable limit, and provide a much better experience for users connected to your home wireless network.
Configure Wireless Network Equipment
The first thing we need to do is lay out all the key components of our home network configuration project, and identify which network equipment needs to be connected by wired connection and where it will be located; such as a wireless print server or wireless access point.
We’re going to be covering all the ways to configure wireless network devices that make up your home network from the wireless router down to each network component including; access points, print servers, USB wireless adapters, and media extenders that tie your wireless home network to your entertainment system to give you the ultimate wireless home network experience.
We’ll be starting with the wireless router since it’s usually the main focal point of a wireless home network, and handles all the routing of information being transmitted over the network.
The wireless router is the backbone of your home network, and it’s essential to provide the best wireless router possible. We suggest a high performance 802.11n wireless router, because the Router Settings and specifications will determine the overall performance when we configure wireless network accessories.
For the best performance when you configure wireless network equipment the router should be complete with USB and Gigabit Ethernet to connect access points, network attached storage and print servers; this allows data packets to travel through the network at lightening speeds.
TIP: Make sure to separate your 802.11g and 802.11n standard wireless enabled devices on different wireless access points if you want to experience real high speed data through your wireless network, and perform the Channel Bonding procedure with all your wireless enabled devices.
Wireless Access points:
A Wireless Access Point connected to your main wireless router via Ethernet cable is a great way to configure wireless network devices and expand the size of your Wi-Fi coverage area.
Wireless-G devices should be connected wirelessly to the 802.11g band of the wireless access point, which will be connected by Ethernet cable to an available RJ45 port on the back of the main 802.11n router.
Wireless-N devices will connect wirelessly to the 802.11n band of the AP where the network mode has be selected to “Wireless-N Only”. This will allow them to operate at 802.11n speeds, without being hampered by slower legacy wireless equipment connected to the same network band.
When you set up your home and configure wireless network equipment in this way, it will produce outstanding performance increases among all the wireless equipment connected to your wireless home network.
FYI: If you choose to configure wireless network 802.11g and 802.11n devices to the same wireless router signal in a “Mixed Mode”, the performance of the wireless network will drop to support the lowest speed device connected to the wireless signal, and all your new Wireless-N devices will only run at 54Mbps, instead of the 150-300Mbps speeds their designed for.
Using wireless print servers is a perfect way for hiding those not so attractive pieces of hardware in a back room or office, and keeps your home from having that industrial look.
A wireless print server is basically a wireless access point for printers, and is then connected to a wireless router or WAP via USB or Ethernet cable.
Wireless printers are usually located in office areas, and not often in the entertainment room where the main wireless router is located.
The best location for the print server would be in a centralized location to all the wireless printers on the network.
TIP: When you configure wireless network equipment, such as print servers that utilize a 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet port, make sure your Cat6 Network cable is greater than 6 ft in length. There needs to be enough area between the connectors where energy gets reflected back on itself during transmission and may cause data corruption in shorter lengths.
USB wireless adapters:
When you configure wireless network USB adapters it is always best to connect with a wireless access point using the same wireless standard between adapter and AP.
Configure both devices to use the same Network Mode and Wireless Channel to obtain maximum throughput.
If you’re using the configuration wizard to install your USB wireless adapter, chances are that the default settings used by the CD are setting up your adapter to run in a “Mixed Mode”.
The Mixed Mode wireless environment will cause your network adapter to constantly auto negotiate between 802.11g and 802.11n standards during transmission.
TIP: When using USB wireless network adapters always maintain a minimum distance of at least 4 ft from the wireless router for transmission purposes, and when connecting to wireless routers at distance the 2.4GHz frequency has an easier time passing through walls and solid objects then signals on the 5GHz range.
Well, there you have it!
If you follow this advice your wireless home network should be running like a champ with all your with all your connected wireless devices running at their maximum advertised performance levels.