MW Smart Homes believe the network is the foundation of any smart home installation, and is becoming more and more important as technologies advance within the home.

Quality connectivity within the home is paramount to home owners and is considered a utility almost as paramount as gas and electric, our network engineers ensure that you get the most out of your connection and that your network is designed in the right way for you.

Getting the most out of your internet connection could be as simple as adding a wireless access point to make sure that you get connectivity throughout your home, or be as in depth as a fully wired robust network that keeps systems such as lighting, HVAC, Audio Visual, Security and many more running as smoothly as possible.

After all, what good is a connected home without a great connection?

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As a minimum we would recommend wiring a home network in Cat6 cable, there are arguments for Cat6A, however we would wire networks depending on the requirements of the network.

Also be aware that with the needs for faster connection speeds and more bandwidth due to the emergence of streaming 4k video to the home, Fibre Optic cable infrastructure could be an option in some instances.

To hardwire a home network you would be required to wire Category cable from a central location to all the areas that you would like an ethernet port. Here you would need a network switch in order to connect these ports to modem and router in order to provide connectivity throughout the home.

A cable network connection is a physical wired connection to the network. Which provides a more stable connection than wireless.

Our advice would be to always favour a wired connection over wireless, as it offers a direct communication protocol with the internet, as opposed to the traffic on a wireless one via the WiFi.

As standard all static equipment that requires a network connection we try to hard wire into the network. A robust WiFi connection is also necessary to allow solid connectivity for mobile devices such as laptop computers, tablets, phones and the growing variety of Internet of Things products readily available.

Not all category cables are equal, cat-5e is suitable for speeds up to 1 Gb/s over 100 metres, Cat-6 equally so but can carry up to 10Gb/s up to 55 metres, where as Cat-6a can carry 1Gb/s and 10Gb/s network speeds up to a distant of 100 metres.

Where a network requires 10Gb/s speeds but over a longer distance, we would recommend the use of fibre optic cabling for the network.