Wireless DIY Home Network

Wireless DIY Home Network

Wireless D.I.Y Home Networking at a Budget

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Wireless Home Network is considered a must have in 2018. With the Internet of Things and BYOD (Bring your own device, not beer) that are out there that can work with and on your network, having a wireless network is a must. So you think that buying a wireless router and plugging it to the wall is all you need to do? Well sure, if you want is done the ge*k – sq*ad way.  What I am going to show you is the right way to setup a wireless home network and to make sure its secure and the components that you can use to make your life a little easier in your house. I am going to walk through some simple steps to helping you setup a secure wireless home network.

Internet

I believe that before you can have a good home network you need a solid ISP (Internet Service Provider). I work with people on a daily basis that still have old school internet, Yes! dial up is still available. Though most of the people that still use dial up is for the main reason of transferring small amounts of data to another location. Normally email dumps. But as of last year AOL still had 2 million users, so its not dead yet. But I would never suggest getting that to anyone, there are way better providers with speeds that trump dial up by a thousand times.

I use a cable internet provider in my house, while this is the best way to get internet, besides FTH (Fiber To The Home). Some people also use DSL (Dedicated Service Line) but your limited to the amount of people that are using the same line on your street block. Back to cable internet, I have a provider that is ranked top in the nation for average consistent speeds of 200Mbps/20MBs and they have stepped up their game with adding gigabit speeds to a selected areas in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Remember that you don’t need though speeds but I will suggest at least a 30/3MBs connection. This is good for a single person to a family of three. Now if your going to say that everyone is streaming Netflix, Hulu or another provider then I would suggest no less than 50/5MBs connection for good through-out-put. You would be amazed at how fast you can eat your bandwidth up by having a couple iPads watching Netflix. Or if you have DirecTV they also connect to the internet for on demand options, and hog the internet.

O’Boy, Can I go into a rant on this. I am a network guru by trade, and I love me-self a good home network. I have spent hours pulling cat6 plenum cable around my house while it was being built, and even after. I literally have a network jack terminated in every room, half way up the wall behind where the TV would hang. I did this for a couple reasons, while its great that the world has wireless, you get better connection and reduced lag times with your component hardwired. But we are not talking about that, we are going down the line of a wireless home network for now. Sorry about that rant :). Now that we have the internet down, lets move forward.

Cable Modem

  1.  I would consider a docsis 3.0 modemby Cisco, and at $40 for entry level, that is a good price. Motorola makes a good one also for $90, but I am a Cisco fan boy soooo. Now if you happen to have Midco for an internet provider then you will already have a good choice for the given environment.

This is a pretty straight forward item, get one and this I can say is a plug n play item. Nothing else you really need to do to get it up and running. So I am going to go to the next item on our list.

Router (if you want?)

I am a big fan of Ubiquiti also, and the reason being is that while I can’t afford the outrageous price of Cisco for my Home Network (besides the cable modem). So I use a Ubiquiti Edgerouter X SFP, This is the brains to my network. This houses the port forwarding, firewall and other options like guest networking and VoIP options. This is not for the faint hearted, it does take some technical background or good ole YouTube! But I love how I am able to use the GUI (Graphical User Interface) webpage or the CLI (Command Line Interface) like coding. I can setup so many options on there. But again, its your choice on how you want to do this.

Wireless Router

Here is going to be the brains of your Home Network, this will include the options of your internal IP address (192.168.1.0 or 192.168.5.0). You will be able to setup your port forwarding (for gaming), DDoS (direct denial of service) protection and setup limits on your family or friends usage (I love that part). I would suggest to you that you get the ASUS model for your wireless experience. They have a great many options and its easy to setup and priced right. I would not go with the latest bullshit anyone puts out, WHY!?!? you ask. Well lets put it this way.

  1. Wireless Routers offer us up to 5400mpbs is speeds, that is 5.3 gigabytes of data per second. There is nothing on your network that will even come close to using those speeds.
  2. At a $400 price tag, I can tell you so many more things to get than one of those, but if you must need one I would suggest this one again by ASUS RT-AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router, AiProtection with Trend Micro for Complete Network Security. This is a beast, but its pricey.

So I would suggest a basic wireless router for your setup unless your like me then you have to have the best of the best for home networking. I am going to include one more thing, with your wireless home network I had talked about my Ubiquiti setup. Now I dont have a wireless router cause the Ubiquiti edge router does that for me. So I have two of the Ubiquiti Unifi Ap-AC Lite and they are awesome! I can steer bandwidth, cut out bandwidth per device and so much more. I will be posting another Blog about that in the near future, so stayed tuned!

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