Could You Benefit from Enterprise-Grade Home Networking?

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Looking at the Differences Between Enterprise-Grade and Consumer-Grade Wi-Fi

Perhaps you’ve tried to join a Zoom call recently, and everyone told you your feed was frozen. Or maybe whenever you try to watch Netflix in the bedroom, your screen is stuck on a loading spiral. Technology was supposed to make our lives easier—so why does it still frustrate us so often?

Whatever inspired you to read this article, you’re probably looking for home networking equipment that actually improves internet access. Could it be time to consider an enterprise-grade network for your Boulder home?

If you aren’t sure what that means, we’ve got you covered. As a managed networking expert, we have years of experience helping Colorado homeowners enjoy faster Wi-Fi. Read on to learn what enterprise-grade technology can do for your home.

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Consumer-Grade vs. Enterprise-Grade Networks

Enterprise-grade networking hardware is built to support vast spaces, like department stores or office buildings. Imagine a bank’s internet going down or a college campus losing Wi-Fi. It would be a disaster! These locations always have reliable internet because they’re using enterprise-grade equipment built to last much, much longer, supports many more users, and offers more data security features. It’s a greater investment than consumer-grade routers, but you won’t be restarting it every week, troubleshooting with frustration.

Consumer routers that you pick up at the store may not be able to handle Wi-Fi-enabled devices in every room across a large property. Rather, you’ll need more access points and a professional network to ensure everywhere from the patio to the home office is online.

Look for Wi-Fi 6 Equipment

The latest enterprise-grade networks support the newest Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 6, for faster speeds. The forward-thinking decision will be to install Wi-Fi 6-enabled access points. But what is Wi-Fi 6?

It’s the next generation of Wi-Fi, offering speeds of 9.6 gigabits per second, compared to Wi-Fi 5’s current 3.5 Gbps. Using MU-MIMO technology (which means multiple user, multiple input multiple output), Wi-Fi 6 routers send data to multiple devices in the same broadcast, so all your technology can maintain top speeds. Even if someone is downloading video files upstairs, it won’t interrupt your FaceTime call while music streams across whole-home Sonos speakers. Your smart home can thrive without traffic clogging up your Wi-Fi signals—thanks to Wi-Fi 6.

When to Use Enterprise-Grade Networking

If you live in a home greater than 2,000 square feet, you’ll benefit from an enterprise-grade network. Single consumer routers simply won’t provide the coverage you need, and if you want to use Wi-Fi at opposite ends of the house, you won’t be able to get a signal. Homes with a smart system running on Wi-Fi all day will see significant improvement after upgrading to industrial-grade networking.

Could your household use a home network upgrade? If you’re based in or near Boulder, CO, contact Aurum to discuss a customized network installation. We use the strongest access points and will design a system suited to your property’s dimensions and unique needs. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

 

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