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Do You Need a Professional for Home Networking?



Only If You Want a High Performance, No-Maintenance Network

Networking is a very technical area of computing. Features that are familiar to networking professionals like port forwarding, VLANs, and WPA2 security mean gibberish to the average homeowner. Routers and access points that have all these features are sold direct to consumers, but most people do little more than configure their router with the basic “wizard” installation. And many more consumers rely on the wireless router option supplied by their Internet Service Provider (ISP), so they might not even know how to change the initial password for their wireless network.

The number of smart devices connected to home networks is exploding every year. Smart lights, cameras, speakers, thermostats, appliances, streaming devices, and TVs all need robust networking for proper operation. When the network falters, you end up noticing. High definition and 4K video stutters and freezes, your smart speaker drops off the network and can't do anything, or your thermostat fails to set itself to the temperature you wanted. More serious issues can come up with spotty networking, especially if your smart cameras fail to deliver notification of an intrusion.

If you have a small home or perhaps can tolerate the occasional hiccups from your network, maybe you can get by without professionally installed and optimized networking equipment. But if you want to run a smart home with many devices, rely on your network for security features, and need high bandwidth for work and entertainment at home, you may want to consider professional installation services and equipment for your home network.

Balaklava Audio works with CIS for high-performance home networks. Why? Because CIS solutions offer business-class performance for your home networking needs. Read on to learn about some of the key things that differentiate our home network services from others in the Cambridge, ON area. 


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Simplified Setup of Complex Networks


CIS understands the needs of complex network installations, and they have made it easy to set up and manage. One complex area of networking is virtual LANs. This is a method of separating and prioritizing traffic on a network. Priorities are essential because some traffic requires higher priority — or lower latencies and delays — than other traffic. For example, voice connections and video need high priority. Other data, like web browsing on a computer or other device, is far more tolerant of delays. In a CIS system, it is very easy to segment traffic into buckets that are high, low, and medium priorities. Once that is done, the type of traffic is treated the same way in any part of the network, whether it is wired or wireless, or coming through an access point. Important categories like home automation also get high priority, because when you want a light to turn on, you don't want a delay that you wouldn't experience with a regular light switch. 


Unobtrusive Hardware


CIS hardware like routers and access points can be hidden so that they fit into any décor. Wireless access points can be mounted high on a wall or ceiling and be nearly invisible. Wireless control components can be hidden in racks or also wall mounted. Some models are designed to work outdoors as well.

The hardware is also professional-grade. Not all wireless routers and access points are engineered the same way. CIS equipment incorporates high-performance processors, antennas, and other components that can handle the most demanding network traffic.


Robust Remote Management


With CIS, we can do almost any modification to your setup, or diagnose most potential issues, without having to visit your home. If you choose to have us monitor your network, we can get alerts that tell us if a device goes offline for any reason, even before you might notice it. We can also ensure that your network is secure and monitor if anyone is trying to hack it. Most consumers never update their networking software once installed, but with CIS, we can apply software updates remotely to ensure smooth and secure operation.

If you want a worry-free, high-performance network that just works and is professionally maintained, call us at 519-367-5790 or fill out our short online form. We look forward to assisting you in strengthening your Cambridge, ON smart home.