If you're starting an at-home business or trying to set up a room for telecommuting days, having a proper layout with working equipment before you start working is key. From proper desk and accessory arrangement to networking techniques, a bit of preparation can mean the difference between preparing a decent workstation for minutes or hours everyday, or getting to a near immediate start. As you look into home office technology, here are a few things to consider as you choose the right location and equipment.

Wired Versus Wireless Network Comfort

Being able to stay mobile while being productive is important, but until technology greatly improves with wireless networks, there are still times where a wired connection may be necessary.

Many businesses that require calls or constant connectivity for chatting demand a wired connection, either to avoid real problems or to be better safe than sorry. If you're a professional streamer who uses live internet feeds to provide content for income, a wireless connection can result in a lot of interruptions and delivery failure.

At the same time, being stuck to your desk is unhealthy. There are some tasks that can be taken on a smartphone or tablet, or handled on a laptop when 99.999% internet uptime isn't a necessity.

To handle both issues, an Information Technology (IT) consulting firm can examine your home office space for the right places to install different technology. Wired internet installations are relatively simple, as the biggest concerns are whether to bring cables through the walls of not. Wireless internet, however, takes some planning to get the best value.

Wireless Connectivity for Better Mobility at Home

The problem with wireless is that the radio waves used to transfer information can be absorbed, blocked, or slowed down significantly. The technology has improved over the decades to provide communications that pass through many objects or travel around objects fast enough so that the delays don't matter, but there are still problems.

Every object in your working area and signal-emitting device needs to be considered before installation. Depending on where your wireless-capable router or access point (an antenna/broadcast device that can transmit your network connection in more places than your router) is installed, some objects may block or impede the signal.

IT consultants will need to either advise a layout that won't conflict with the wireless connection, or--as a much easier to plan solution--install access points at high areas where blockage won't be as much of an issue. Multiple access points can be installed to allow unimpeded connectivity if the main router or access point is around a corner, and there isn't much data loss because access points can be connected to the router with wireless internet or network cables.

Contact a team of IT consultants like NetSpec to discuss your home office network plans.

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