UPGRADING YOUR WIFI NETWORK FOR THE INTERNET OF THINGS
More Devices Are On Your Network
Now that you have four computers, two tablets, five smartphones, three smart TVs, two thermostats, four smoke detectors, two door locks and ten smart light switches connected to your Wi-Fi network, it may be time to upgrade that network to handle the load.
Today’s typical consumer Wi-Fi network router/access point is designed to only handle about 20 persistent connections. After that, you’re likely to need more hardware to support the load.
Here is Plum’s recommendation for maximizing your Wi-Fi coverage and connectivity
Put Your Modem Into Bridge Mode
Your ISP provided you with a single box that typically covers three tasks. First, it converts your phone or cable signal into Ethernet. This is the modem function.
Second, it assigns IP addresses and routes signals from connected devices (whether wired or wireless) to each other and to the WAN. And, third, it acts as a Wi-Fi access point to allow wireless devices to connect to the router.
All of these tasks require compute power and typically these multi-function boxes are not powerful enough to handle all of these tasks for a large number of IP connected devices.
Putting your router into bridge mode means turning your modem/router/access point into just a modem. You can typically google this phrase “how to put “XYZ model’ into bridge mode.” Look at your cable modem and find the manufacturer and model number of your modem. Consult google on how to log into your device and change the settings to put your modem into bridge mode. In some cases, you can call your ISP and they can do this for you remotely.
Add a high-performance router
Now that your modem is providing an IP address for your home, you’ll need a separate router to handle the DHCP functions of assigning an IP address and routing signals inside your home. We’ve tried quite a few routers and our favorite right now the mesh Wi-Fi system by Google called Google Wi-Fi.
A Strong and Capable Network
A network with a separate modem, separate strong router and separate strong access points is a reliable and consistent network. It can be set up for a reasonable cost and will provide your family with strong connectivity for their devices and will allow you to build out your IOT connected smart home.
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