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At-Home Learning and the Importance of Stable and Fast Home Wi-Fi

Optional Online and Remote School Instruction Requires a Fast Home Network

At-Home Learning and the Importance of Stable and Fast Home Wi-Fi

In March 2020, when schools closed their doors in response to the pandemic, students and their families found themselves in an at-home learning environment they were ill-equipped to undertake. The fall of 2020 saw varied educational strategies, with some school districts remaining in fully remote status while others approached learning through hybrid models.

At the start of the school year, over 9 million students found their school offering remote-only instruction. While most schools plan to open for the 2021-2022 school year, the Delta variant is shedding some instability, with potential closures possible throughout the coming year. The CDC and AAP have issued guidance, suggesting, though not requiring, that schools continue to provide optional online or remote instruction.

So, what does this mean to students and their families? A strong whole-home Wi-Fi for their southern Maine and Cape Elizabeth, ME homes is essential to providing access to learning materials and maintaining the everyday activities that require a secure and stable home network.

Let's look at specific considerations and how you can tell if your network needs an upgrade.

Network Bandwidth

Your home network is the devices that connect to the internet and each other. Common examples include your computers, smartphones, gaming systems, and printers. Of course, when you add smart home automation, you’ve increased the number of gadgets attached to your home network exponentially.

This requires increased bandwidth which is synonymous with capacity. The more bandwidth, the more data that can travel through your connection, unclogged and unhindered. Keep in mind that some of your smart home devices are bandwidth hogs. Streaming 4K Ultra-HD video using your Netflix service—bandwidth hog. Smart doorbells and cameras—bandwidth hog.

Frequent buffering (the never-ending spinning wheel), slow downloads, and endlessly waiting for a song to play are all signs that you may need an upgrade.

Router and Wireless Access

Additional considerations include your router, which connects your devices to the internet through your modem. A smart home requires a professional-grade router with high-performance processors. If you’re a streaming 4K family, we sometimes recommend a designated router just for this type of content.

Wireless access points are another important feature and a requirement for successful in-home learning and smart home automation. These points connect right to your router or network switch and extend the wireless coverage throughout your home and even into your backyard, ensuring a reliable, strong connection from any area of the house.

A New Wireless Standard: Wi-Fi 6

There’s a new router in town—the Wi-Fi 6 model. This model transmits wireless signals more efficiently, resulting in significantly faster upload and download speeds—up to 40% faster than the older models.

It’s hard to imagine, but just 22 years ago, only 4% of the world’s population was online. In 2021, that number rose to 59.5 percent of the global population. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand, so too will the need for a stable, secure, and fast home network.

If you're interested in more information on smart home automation and home networks, check out SmartHome Solutions, Inc. tutorials here.  

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