Seems like everything is “smart” in new Katahdin Cedar Log Homes, which is the top reason why you should maximize your home Wi-Fi coverage. Check out these tips to make your Katahdin home ready for all the devices and appliances that will be part of your daily life. Even if a Wi-Fi connected fridge isn’t your cup of tea, other appliances like water leak detectors, security systems and television streaming all rely on having a good signal to do their work. In addition, if your home is located in an area with poor cell service, strong Wi-Fi will boost your ability to use your smartphone at home. Let’s get started!
Great Wi-Fi Begins with a Speed Test
You’ll want to make sure that you’re signed up for the fastest internet signal available through your internet service provider. Then test your signal, first directly from the modem box. Plug in a laptop or desktop computer directly into the modem and run a speed test to ensure you’re getting the megabytes per second (Mbps) that you’re paying for. If your speed isn’t quite what your ISP is promising, your inbound service may need some attention.
Check Your Router
Make sure your Wi-Fi router has the bandwidth and power that your home needs. Position it centrally and high in a room, with plenty of air space around it. Signals get stalled by walls, appliances and other solid objects. If your router has antennae, make sure they’re all positioned vertically to cast the widest net. You’ll also want to make sure you’re accessing the widest band, usually 5 MgH to handle your home’s Wi-Fi load. The latest upgrade to Wi-Fi is the 6 tri-band system, which offers more power.
Extend Your Wi-Fi with Boosters
Wi-Fi extenders or boosters are small plug-in units that capture your existing Wi-fi signal and boost it for better performance through the home. They plug into any wall outlet and are easily programmed to work with your existing Wi-Fi router. Often, this inexpensive solution is all you’ll need to get enhanced coverage through your Katahdin Cedar Log Home.
Consider a Mesh Network
Just want great coverage without messing with router antennae? Mesh router systems have really become quite affordable and easy to install in your Katahdin Cedar Log Home. If your already using Google’s Home Assistant, their mesh network with built-in voice speakers is probably the way to go. For the top Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers, try Nest Wi-Fi from the company that also offers energy saving thermostats and fire and CO detectors. For larger log homes, take a look at Eero Pro Six for great coverage.
Install “Smart” Wiring
One great way to improve Wi-Fi in your new home is to install smart wiring throughout your home. This takes the burden off your Wi-Fi for items like refrigerators, security systems, entertainment and HVAC controls, leaving bandwidth for handheld smart devices, like smart phones and tablets.