If the corona crisis has made one thing very clear, it is that WiFi at home is just as important as at work. At work the WiFi has been set up perfectly. It even is one of Dalosy’s corporate activities. We make sure that the connection at offices or other work environments is excellent. Anytime, anywhere.
When you are used to function in such a professional environment and you suddenly have to work from home, where you need to share the WiFi with some family members, the network turns out to be a source of irritation. In some parts of the house the signal is too weak, every now and then the connection breaks and sometimes it is not even possible to get connected.
Now we are much more online, due to working from home, there is more attention for the quality of WiFi. As WiFi is just as important as water and power nowadays, experts are working hard developing techniques for using internet at home without problems.
In this blog Dalosy shares a useful stay-at-home tip.
DIY WiFi at home
In the Netherlands we have good facilities. In most parts of the country the internet is well arranged with a fast copper or fiber optic connection. Data, videos, games and video connections can easily reach most homes. But still, it often goes wrong. The construction from the fuse box remains in the hobby atmosphere: the installer or the resident himself connects one access point wherever and that’s it. In many households, WiFi is best compared to a shot of hail. The resident thinks that the access point has been placed in a convenient place, while it is literally hidden. Good coverage at all times and everywhere in the house requires some expertise.
The difference between 70 and 100%
Especially in the past few months we have learned that in many households the WiFi only works for 70 to 80 percent. For that last bit you need some action, preferably by a professional. You need to get as close to that 100% as possible to be able to video call, game, meet via Teams and do homework with the whole family. Especially between 6 pm and 10 pm, when almost the whole country starts streaming Netflix or TV programs, the internet connection is heavily loaded. At that point the WiFi must deliver a top performance. How do we bridge that difference between 70 and 100%? How do we ensure that the “new normal” works well for everyone?
WiFi and new construction
In new construction, the internet is often fully integrated into the construction drawings. It is just as natural as water and electricity. For example, WiFi cells are built into sockets at strategic locations, so it includes a connection so that you can also work wired. In this way, WiFi is installed throughout the house in a sophisticated manner and with good bandwidth. The technology that makes this possible is called POF (Polymer Optical Fiber) and has actually been around for 20 years, but it mainly played a role in the car industry.
Now that it is known that you can create a WiFi network much cheaper, the use of it might take off. POF cables are only 1mm thick and light as a feather.
Good coverage in older constructions
So, in new construction, the WiFi is relatively easy to organize in a professional manner. But what do you do with an older home from the 1970s?
75 percent of the houses in the Netherlands and Belgium are more than 30 years old. They are equipped with UTP copper and coax cables, which are unsuitable for optical high-speed data communication. Of course, you can replace all the cables by fiber, but it would be a lot cheaper with POF.
In fact, you can leave all the cabling behind and easily lay a super thin POF cable next to it. Also, with POF you no longer suffer from electromagnetic interference (EMI). You can even have WiFi cells installed in the sockets in an old house. This also applies to more modern homes: just use the existing sockets. Polymer Optical Fiber is not a power carrier, so it is safe, and it is also copper-free. Even with environmentalists it passes the inspection!
Include the WiFi in your renovation
The housing market is booming. Chances are that you will get a higher price for your house than you paid at the time. So, are you investing your holiday pay in a sleek kitchen, underfloor heating or a new bathroom? How about including the WiFi during that renovation? There are several options. Find a specialist who can give you some advice. This way you find out which places in the house need extra reinforcement. Expensive? Not at all, you will earn that back in no time. Especially is working from home may be a keeper.