Today, every home needs to be connected to the world, and this world is more than just the physical environment. Rather, it is the World Wide Web. The fast-paced lives of people are now practically charged with anything Internet-based: projects are Googled, classes are conducted online, and discussions are done via chat or Facebook groups. Anything that you do now is connected to cyberspace, and it is also a necessity more than a luxury.
Hence, it would be useful to transform your condominium unit into a connected home. It is high time for you to keep up with the changes in modern technology and be updated with the latest news and innovations. From the get-go, it seems challenging because of the gadgets that you’d have to buy, and the various connection methods to choose from. You could opt to buy a Wi-Fi gadget or a broadband stick for your Internet needs. However, having one broadband stick per family member could be expensive. Being connected does not have to break the bank, and the best answer could be in customizing your router settings.
There are various options in configuring your router’s settings, and some of these options are still unknown to most people. The first thing that you have to locate is your router’s web interface, where you can input your IP address. The IP address is found in the Windows Control Panel in the Network and Sharing Center. Simply click the name of the Internet connection and then check the details. Once you have seen the Internet connection details, search for the IPv4 Default Gateway IP address and plug this into your web browser.
It also wouldn’t hurt to change the router’s wireless channel. Doing so could boost your Wi-Fi’s connection speed. Having a lot of wireless networks in the area, however, could result to a slower connection. To solve this, use insider utility for Windows, or Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android. These options help you locate a better wireless channel, or at least, the one that has the least interference.
To improve your Wi-Fi network, place the router in the middle of the area where you want as much coverage as possible. Avoid putting it near metallic objects or devices that are enabled by the radio.
The good thing about a connected home is that it doesn’t end with Internet settings and wireless fidelity. Fortunately, man has invented a home system that would make chores and other activities easier to accomplish. For example, the Belkin WeMo Light Switch allows you to use an app to turn lights on and off, and this is possible with a Wi-Fi router. Another innovation that makes your home safe and secure is the Netgear VueZone, which is similar to the home surveillance system in the Philippines and some condos in Taguig. With the home surveillance system, you can easily monitor the people who enter your premises. You need a strong Net connection, cameras, and iOS devices.
Changing your condominium unit into a connected home need not be a nuisance to you. Just look for the right Internet service provider and the tools and apps that can do the job properly.