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Networking With High Speed Internet
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

In today's world it is very common for multiple family members to have their own PC's. With high speed internet, everyone in the family can enjoy fast downloads, reliable service, and the ability of a single connection to serve a household of computers. Cable, digital subscriber lines (DSL), and two-way satellite internet services are the leading providers of home-based internet connections. High speed internet makes it possible to send image files, office presentations, and share music and video files over the internet in a fraction of the time a modem-based dial-up connection would require.

There are several ways for you to network your high speed internet throughout your home. One way it so run a high-speed internet line to your house and structured wiring within it. You will have to decide whether to hide these internet cables in your walls, or you could run them across your floors. If tripping over cables cords is not your thing, “wireless” networking is becoming extremely popular and fairly inexpensive. Aside from cables and wireless networking, you can also choose to network your computers through your telephone lines or through your power lines. As you can see, there are plenty of ways to network, it all depends on which is most suitable to your living conditions.

Once you have selected a network method, be it through your phone line, power line, Ethernet or wireless, the next few steps are fairly simple. If you know a thing or two about computers, it should be easy for you to buy the hardware and install it. However, hooking everything up neatly and properly does require some skill. You will also need to configure your system correctly which can be confusing at times. Hiring a professional contractor to install your hardware and configure your system will guarantee that everything will work as it should.

Most home networking systems will come with an installation CD to help guide you through your computer configurations. It will take you through a series of steps that you will have to follow carefully. If for some reason a problem arises, it is often necessary to manually set up your network. During this time of configuration, it is extremely important to set up your network security. There are many viruses and strands of spy ware that can seriously damage your computer and the computers within your network if security isn't managed properly.

Installing a home network increases the usefulness of your homes computers. It allows you to share files, share a printer, and share a high speed internet connection. One benefit to being able to share files is that you don't have to have multiple computers with big hard drives because simple having one will present the others with the same sharing space. In addition to sharing files and connections, you can also perform multi-player gaming and videoconference between PCs. Home networking contributes to the personal privacy, comfort, and connections of family members.

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