Home Networks

Home Network or Home Area Network (HAN)

Home Networkis a type of local area network that develops from the need to facilitate communication and interoperability among digital devices present inside or within the close vicinity of a home. So says Daniel Webster. It’s just a network in your house so you can share date and stream movies. Devices capable of participating in this network include smart phones, laptops, desktops, tablets, printers, network area storage (NAS) and digital media servers. Anything with a network connection or wireless capability can be part of these home networks. These additional capabilities can be used to increase the quality of life or increase the “cool factor” of your home in a variety of ways. You can automate of repetitious tasks, increased personal productivity, enhanced home security and access to entertainment.

Storing your important files on a ReadyNAS Duo or other home network storage device allows you to access that information from any device on your home network or even from anywhere in the world if you configure that capability – which is pretty easy to do. Many Wireless routers offer this feature just by plugging in a USB flash drive or USB external hard drive.

Home network storage is the answer to the problem of burgeoning data in our lives and the ever growing home media library. Someone who loves music probably has a large iTunes collection or gigabytes of MP3’s purchased from Amazon or ripped from CDs. (We do not condone bypassing artist copyright protection by copying and/or ripping CD tracks)

Linksys SMART Wi-Fi Routers are an easy to install and easy to operate system which also educates you about your home wireless and wired networking, eliminating the time-consuming home network setup and all the frustrations associated to and experienced by average user. This networking router generates a visual map of your current network showing all connected devises and their current status. It pin-points security weaknesses, possible system intrusions and records all disconnected devices. A call-in help centre is available for further customer assistance.

Store your important files, music, videos, photos on a home network storage device and you can access them from any computer (PC or Mac), game console, internet TV, iPod, iPad or maybe even a digital photo frame.

We recommend that you assign all your wired devices static IP addresses and allocate only enough DHCP addresses to satisfy your wireless devices. For example, if you have two desktop computers and three notebook computers, assign your desktop computers one static IP address each and reserve three IP addresses for your notebook computers plus one or two for guests, as the latter are mobile and may need to join networks other than your home network.