Here’s a few items that I’ve included in my home networking bag-o-tricks over the years.
This thread is about awareness, not instruction. In other words I’ll cover some points to be aware of and consider in setting up a stable and optimized infrastructure in your house.
This also isn’t about why vendor yxz did or didn’t implement such and such.
I’ve seen quite a few posts here recently with folks having issues, and given we all rely on the same endpoint, and I’m not having infrastructure issues like those being described…
I also understand that not everyone’s been in IT for 20 years like I have, but once you have a few clues, finding the instructions to accomplish the goal isn’t that hard anymore.
Anyway here we go.
–get some WiFi scan software for your phone/laptop, scan the channels see what’s out there, and what’s going on in your house.
–Manually set the channel for your WiFi router, leaving it on auto is just a mess, when the neighborhood reboots, the AP’s all start jockeying around, taking forever to settle on channels. Your router will come up first with it’s static channel, so others are more likely to stay away from you.
–At a minimum set static DHCP reservations for all your infrastructure equipment, hubs/servers/TV’s/media servers/DVR’s, remotes, anything that’s screwed/connected to a wall or celling should have a static IP address. That way when you disconnect/loose power, whatever, that device will have the same IP when powered on, making it easier and faster for the other devices on your network to continue using it’s resources.
–Set a long lease period for the DHCP addresses, the longer the better.
–Only use WIFI for the above types of devices as a last resort, if the device has an Ethernet port, you should be using it vs WiFi. Consider using MOCA (Ethernet over coax) adapters in locations already served by coax where you would like Ethernet.
–zigBee and WIFI use the same radio spectrum, understand and adjust your static channel settings so they’re not stomping over each other.
–Mount your WiFi router as high as possible, if it’s in a metal media cabinet, you need to relocate it. Higher efficiency antennas can also be installed.
–use 5G over 2.4 where ever possible, it’s gets less distance, but there’s also way fewer users and devices using it.
That’s my 5 minute tip list, and wouldn’t it be nice is we didn’t have to go through this nonsense. That however is not the nature of the current beast…