Technology is an inevitable part of our lives these days. From watching TV to surfing the net to chatting with friends to ordering the weekly shopping, we are completely lost without our internet access.
As a result, every room in the house can soon seem to be taken over by a spaghetti of wires and cables connecting all our devices. Yet this is supposedly the wireless age. Is it really necessary? By following a few tips, you won’t be able to completely eliminate the cabling, but you’ll certainly find you can cut down on it significantly.
Let’s start with the problem, children. Some devices need a wired connection in order to work. If you have a TV box that is part of your phone and broadband deal, for example, it will need to be connected to your router. If the TV is in another room, that can appear problematical, which is where bridges come in. A bridge essentially acts like a secondary router. You plug one in to the mains next to the router, and connect it with a wire, and then plug another in behind the TV, and plug the box into that. The two devices communicate wirelessly, meaning no need for a cabled connection from one room to the next.
Despite this being the so-called paper free age, we would still be lost without our trusty printers. Costs have reduced significantly over the years, and even ink cartridges are more affordable than they used to be, thanks to online suppliers like Printer Inks. But the cables! Wireless printers are becoming increasingly common today and are inexpensive, but even if yours doesn’t have wireless capability, you can use one of those clever bridges to hook it up to your home network, meaning anyone in the family can print to it without the need for cables being strewn across the room.
If you are lucky enough to live in a larger home, you might find there are “dead spots” around the house where the WiFi signal is weak or lost entirely. This is particularly the case if you have a loft conversion. A wireless bridge is no use here, as it only works for cabled connections. In this case, you need to add a wireless repeater. This essentially boosts the signal and helps improve connectivity throughout the home.
It is worth keeping in mind that despite improvements in WiFi technology, there is still nothing to beat a hard-wired connection. Looking to cut down on the wires taking over your home is great, but be pragmatic and don’t do so at the expense of performance. When hardware is always in one place, for example the TV or printer, a wired connection is still often the best solution, and instead, you are better off devoting your attention to using trunking to keep the cables neat, tidy and out of sight.