Even with proper knowledge of networking, the right products are required. We have partnered with Ubiquiti, Netgear and Engenius Tech so that we can offer the best networking products at different price points.
The router is key. It is the brain of your network. A poorly made router will not be able to keep up with heavy network traffic and will start to slow down or drop connections. When we install a home automation system into a home, an aftermarket router is a necessity. Many routers advertise their speed. Speed, while important, does not take the place of reliability and ease of use. The routers that we specify have all 3 of these qualities(speed, reliability, ease of use) and come in at a price point similar to most aftermarket routers.
This is the most complicated part of residential networking, but it doesn't have to be. If you want more WiFi range, increase the power of the antenna or add more points of access. The most powerful WiFi wins. Other considerations will be taken to reduce network congestion if you live in close proximity to neighbors and their WiFi networks. Sometimes moving to another frequency, such as 5Ghz, is necessary to avoid interference from neighbors. Let us help design a system that provides wireless without providing headaches.
Many will say that the ethernet switches used are not important as long as they are gigabit, but our testing and years of experience have thought us otherwise. We have tried switches from many companies and have had the best experiences with Netgear. Using the Netgear GS line assures us that the switching in the house is solid and that it will remain solid for years to come.