Home Networks

We offer comprehensive, professional smart home designs and installations.

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If you are frustrated by poor internet speeds, buffering issues or slow downloads to your devices, if you are worried about your network security or want a comprehensive smart home installation, we will work with you to design a bespoke solution to suit your home and compliment your lifestyle.

A free-flowing home network is the most fundamental part of any smart home, it is the foundation that allows viewing and listening experiences offered by home cinema and home audio systems to be consumed in comfort with no danger of data buffering. Similarly, all the lighting, security and heating controls used in a modern smart home will only connect to remote devices outside of the property if their basic connectivity to the home network are maintained.

Over the last ten years we have become incredibly reliant on our smartphones for most of our online activities. Everything from checking emails and social media to managing our finances or video conferencing with friends and family. These are all things we do on a daily basis. Also over the last ten years, we have seen a sharp rise in the interest of “Video On Demand” services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky Q and now Apple TV. Lastly internet enabled devices that control your lighting, security and heating systems are becoming increasingly more ubiquitous in the family home.

 
 
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All of these activities or tasks have different requirements from the Internet. Our service enables you to design the necessary provisions to your home network to ensure that it flows freely without disruption throughout your home, no matter how large, or how thick the walls are.

The Connected Home

All services connected to your home network can be compromised if your network security doesn’t meet the highest standards available and can allow hackers to access your Internet-connected devices. These are all considerations that many people overlook when designing, renovating or improving their home, yet as we proceed further into the digital age, it is becoming ever more critical.

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Buffering & Bandwidth on your Home Network?

As we install more and more devices to our home network, especially a solely wireless home network, it is common for the internet data transfer to run slower on certain devices and even sometimes lose the connection, especially if multiple devices are trying to do similar things at the same time. For example, one person could be streaming a 4K UHD film on a 55” TV in one room whilst another person could be playing an online computer game via a console in another room as well as a third person browsing the internet on a notebook computer in another room.

 
 
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Not all devices in our home require the same amount of data transfer from the home network to the Internet. The data consumed by streaming film and online computer games will be significantly higher than the data consumption of your laptop or a smart thermostat. If the data transfer isn’t quick enough, then it is likely that the content will begin to “buffer” whilst it catches up. This can be excruciatingly painful if you are trying to immerse yourself in watching a film or playing a game online whereby a moment’s pause can be the difference between succeeding or failing.

 
 
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Poor WiFi Coverage

One of the most common issues potential new clients raise with us is Wifi coverage in their homes. We firmly believe that every part of your home and even your garden should be able to receive excellent wireless signal but this is often not the case. Internet service providers commonly supply a single wireless router and mesh network boosters when you sign up and offer a ‘one size fits all’ solution. In our experience, this approach has it’s limitations when dealing with a dwelling consisting of many floors and rooms spread either vertically or horizontally. It’s common in these scenarios that some rooms still become “black spots” and are consistently without Internet connection.

 
 
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Mesh Networks

There are occasions when ethernet cables cannot be utilised, and a wireless solution is the only option left available in trying to achieving optimum performance for a home network. In this situation, we install enterprise-grade wireless networking equipment that creates a mesh network across the property. These solutions can be useful when a property is rented by a tenant who is unhappy with the home network infrastructure within the property but is unable to make any alterations to the property as per the terms of most tenancy agreements. The systems we install also offer a far higher level of performance when compared to the mesh “Discs” provided by internet service providers. This is due to the manufacturers of our mesh network systems, being industry-leading specialists in the world of computer network communications.

 
 
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Internet Security

In recent years, internet security has come to the forefront of people’s minds due to various large organisations that have been hacked and their information being compromised. Home network security is very important to us and you can rest assured that we only install equipment that offers maximum security. The various threats that exist to people browsing on a home network are exposure to malware (infecting your computer with a virus,) spyware (installing software to monitor your keyboard strokes and internet browsing,) and more recently ransomware (encrypting your documents and requesting a ransom to be paid for their release.) We are here to offer the best technological solutions and good home network security practices to ensure these don’t happen to you.

Remote Access Support

We recommend installing additional hardware to enable network monitoring so that an alert can be sent when a new device connects to your home network. If something connects that you are not aware of, then you have the option to block this device from having access to your home network. These are all tools and practices that most people are not yet aware of and we take pride in upgrading our customers’ home networks to be as robust and secure as possible.

 
 
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Home Network Installation

Our staff are certified by CEDIA, global trade association for the custom install market, giving you the peace of mind that every aspect of your project is designed, installed and maintained to the highest standards within the home technology industry. If you want to enrich your home or need a solution to current smart home installation issues, we will work with you to design and install the best home network solution for you.

Call us on 01372 879 600 or email us at info@luxesmarthomes.co.uk