​The term ‘broadband’ refers to internet access.  Broadband connectivity is of huge importance for growth, innovation, social cohesion and is fast becoming a necessity of everyday life in Ireland.

As the government make efforts to play catch-up with the rest of Europe in terms of high speed broadband connectivity in Ireland, and rollout initiatives such as The National Broadband Plan (NBP), which is their framework for the provision of high speed broadband through a combination of commercial and State investments, we thought it would be a good time to look at how this is working out for homeowners and home-builders alike.

As a company that offers our customers a full smart home solution service, and integrated control of everything around the home and workplace, from lighting and heating, to security and central audio, our systems rely very much on a robust and dependable connection to the internet. So how is this nationwide rollout working out for the people who depend on it so much for every aspect of their lives, from their smart home to their smart work places?

Our home technology work brings us to both residential and commercial buildings, renovations and new builds, on a daily basis. Even with the current rollout of high speed broadband we are still finding that people, who have connected to it, continue to experience Wi-Fi blackspots as they move from room to room, and this can be very frustrating for them.

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Wi-Fi used to be considered a nice convenience in the home — now it’s an absolute necessity. The number of connected devices will reach about 50 billion in the next five years, according to Dave Evans, former chief futurist at Cisco. In addition to your personal computer and iPad, many home devices already are and will continue to be connected, including thermostats, lights, door locks, ovens, coffee makers, motorised blinds and curtains, and home entertainment systems. Some people may think there’s little reason to have a home with so many connected devices, but most product manufacturers are headed in that direction, so it’s good to be prepared.


Wi-Fi is typically built into a router, which most homes already have. The device that many people call the router is actually two devices in one box. The router itself has multiple connections, or ports, that allow the wired connection of several devices, but it also includes wireless capability. The second part of the router is the modem, which communicates with your Internet Service Provider, or ISP, and provides access to the internet.

Wireless networking is known as Wi-Fi, which is the industry name for Wireless Local Area Network communication technology related to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ 802.11 family of wireless network standards.

Basically, Wi-Fi is a radio signal. But unlike the big radio towers blasting high-powered signals to thousands and thousands of cars, homes and businesses, the Wi-Fi signal only travels short distances. The Wi-Fi signal from your router and modem generally travels about 150 feet. However, since the signal is weak, it is affected by physical structures in the home such as walls, metal ductwork, steel I-beams and stonework. This means the Wi-Fi in your home may work great in one room but be spotty in another.

There are ways to improve the Wi-Fi signal throughout your home. You can add a Wireless Access Point, which is typically hardwired to the router and serves as an extended antenna. In addition, there are weatherproof WAPs that are mounted outside and extend your Wi-Fi signal to outdoor patios or garden areas. WAPs and high-quality routers are typically installed by custom home electronic integrators and audio-video and home technology specialists.








In large homes, several WAPs can be installed to spread coverage throughout the home. Coverage of large areas can be tricky because the system needs to be designed properly to provide maximum coverage. The best solution for large area coverage is to hire a home technology expert to correctly design the Wi-Fi system.

Many homes have tablets, printers, video games, laptops and Blu-ray players that are all competing for the Wi-Fi signal. If we add smart home devices such as Alexa or Google Home, plus Wi-Fi-connected door locks, lighting controls, thermostats and motorised window shades, the burden on the Wi-Fi system becomes substantial.

If you want to talk with an expert about getting superior networking in your home then contact our team today and we will give you expert advice on how to achieve this. Every day our team are delivering real high speed broadband throughout our customer’s homes and businesses.


Tel: (042) 942 0505 or Email: info@techfit.ie

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Author: Clarke

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