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Spread some WiFi love

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Relying on WiFi as your main internet ‘backbone’ is never a good idea – it simply doesn’t provide the bandwidth & coverage that some of your data-hungry devices require.

But – of course there is a place for WiFi in every office or home to cater for smartphones & tablets … the problem is getting the signal distributed.

Ubiquiti WiFi Wall Plate

The people at Ubiquiti have come up with an idea that I LOVE! –

 

The In-Wall Wifi Access Point

 

With this clever device you retro-fit your existing cabled ethernet points to provide a WiFi Access Point as well as your existing cable point.

The obvious advantage of this is you don’t have to have additional unsightly hardware to provide WiFi where it’s needed & of course no extra cables.

You do need POE (Power over Ethernet) but adapters are readily available if you’re not ready to upgrade your router.

 

Installation is easy …

  • UniFi WiFi Ethernet plate You simply unscrew your existing socket from the wall,
  • Ensure that the wall cavity will accommodate the new fitting
  • Plug in the POE enabled cable from your router
  • & Reinstall the socket.

Voila … A WiFi Access Point, Your existing Ethernet Socket as well as a 2nd POE enabled Socket.

Range is only about 25 metres which is still ample for the average office or home Family Room.

Pricing looks to be around AU$99, which compares favourably with fitting multiple wired access points or repeaters around – and it’s a tidy solution!

NBN & Your New Home

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If you’re about to build a home in Ballarat, or in the process, then cabling for the NBN should be included in your plans

NBN Home Network … include wireless routers for your portable devices, but cable is always going to be far superior for data-intensive tasks – like streaming TV & Movies.

Also remember that your telephone service is also going to be replaced by the NBN infrastructure – another reason to ensure you have ethernet cable where you need it.

But isn’t wireless technology improving?

It certainly is & the theoretical speeds coming out of manufacturer’s labs are impressive – but the real-life speeds are always a lot lower for a host of reasons – Physical Obstacles, Limited Frequency availability, Interference from competing networks & devices …

Plus the BIG drawback. WiFi Bandwidth is shared between all of your devices.

A wired connection is always going to be superior to wireless – so it makes sense to cable your house as it’s being built or renovated – if you install Cat 6 or the new standard Cat 6a you should be able to achieve reliable speeds of  1000BASE-T/1000BASE-TX (Gigabit Ethernet), and 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet) throughout your home.

Of course wireless is still suitable for your smart phones & tablets, but put the wireless gateway in the areas where it is likely to be used.

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