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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Home Network Security

While there are many benefits of having a connected home where all your technology works together, there’s one glaring drawback for many potential clients. What if someone hacks your home networking system? Not only would they get access to your computer’s information, but also to your security system, climate control and more. The integrators at Relative Home Systems make it their priority to strengthen your network’s security protocols in order to protect your family’s safety and privacy.

SEE MORE: Is Your Network Equipped to Handle a Connected Home?

Buying the Right Equipment

Many of the new connected devices on the market –from thermostats to speakers—where created with convenience in mind, not security. For our Savant or Crestron automation systems, we bring together only products with an established track record of performance and security. We ensure all your connected devices include the necessary software to reduce the risk of viruses or malware.

It all begins with a router with enhanced security features. For example, Pakedge routers come with a multi-layer security system. Through the use of firewalls, VPNs and guest networks, they can reduce the risk of outside parties hacking the system. For advanced systems, like a full home automation solution, go with a Unified Threat Management system which lets an administrator monitor your system for any security vulnerabilities or issues.

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Why Many Smart Devices Use a Mesh Network

When it comes to home networking, you’re probably familiar with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. But with the advent of smart automation, Zigbee and Z-Waves are also becoming important protocols for wireless communication. These popular mesh network technologies can be incorporated into the automation system in your River Oaks, Texas home to increase the flow of traffic and boost reliability. Below we explain what a mesh network is and why it’s so popular when it comes to smart devices.

SEE MORE: Is Your Home Equipped to Handle a Connected Home?

What Is a Mesh Network?

A mesh network is one in which devices can speak directly with each other without having to go through a central router. Each device becomes its own standalone node in the network. All your nodes create echoes (imagine many small rocks falling into water and creating individual ripples) to give a broad reach to your signal as it finds the quickest way to its final destination.

This kind of technology is also used in cell phone networks on a bigger stage. When you call or text someone, your signal doesn’t have to go through AT&T or Verizon headquarters. Instead, the closest cell phone tower will relay the message.

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Is Your Network Equipped to Handle a Connected Home?

There was once a time when your home networking consisted of your phone, fax and home computer. Now it also includes your laptop, smartphone, tablet, cable box, music, cameras and more. We’re living in the connected era, making a robust network the backbone of any home. Wondering if your current system is up to the challenge? Relative Home Systems shows you how you can get quick, reliable service for all the devices in your Houston, Texas home.

See More: The Beauty and Benefits of a Connected Home

Increase the Performance of Your Smartphone and Tablet

What’s the connected device you use most in your home? You’re probably using it right now to read this blog. We use smartphones for everything in our lives and there’s no reason we should be suffering through slow data or interrupted service in our own homes. Enhance the performance of your smart phone or tablet with cellular booster systems. These systems capture outside signals from nearby towers and enhance the signal for indoor use.

If you would rather rely on your home’s wi-fi network, you can add Pakedge Wireless access points that relay your router signal to ensure you get blanket coverage throughout your space. Pakedge’s SectorMaxx technology works three times faster than conventional wireless technology to make sure your connection stays consistent whether you’re checking emails or streaming music.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Home Network Security

While there are many benefits of having a connected home where all your technology works together, there’s one glaring drawback for many potential clients. What if someone hacks your home networking system? Not only would they get access to your computer’s information, but also to your security system, climate control and more. The integrators at Relative Home Systems make it their priority to strengthen your network’s security protocols in order to protect your family’s safety and privacy.

SEE MORE: Is Your Network Equipped to Handle a Connected Home?

Buying the Right Equipment

Many of the new connected devices on the market –from thermostats to speakers—where created with convenience in mind, not security. For our Savant or Crestron automation systems, we bring together only products with an established track record of performance and security. We ensure all your connected devices include the necessary software to reduce the risk of viruses or malware.

It all begins with a router with enhanced security features. For example, Pakedge routers come with a multi-layer security system. Through the use of firewalls, VPNs and guest networks, they can reduce the risk of outside parties hacking the system. For advanced systems, like a full home automation solution, go with a Unified Threat Management system which lets an administrator monitor your system for any security vulnerabilities or issues.

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