5 Tips to Protect Your Home Network from Cybersecurity Threats

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Network breaches can put you and your family at risk — learn how to prevent them here

Over the past several years, our homes and lives have become more digitally connected than ever before. Modern-day smart homes run on home networking infrastructure that connects TVs, gaming systems, smart devices like thermostats and doorbells, computers, mobile phones, and more to the internet. 

And while the vast Internet of Things (IoT) has indisputably brought more comfort, entertainment, and convenience into our lives, there’s a dark side too. As we move more of our lives online, our home networks, devices, and personal data are at risk from cyber threats like hackers, malware, viruses, and ransomware. 

How can you better protect your home and family from network breaches in Charlotte, NC? Keep reading to learn five tips. 

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Get Faster, More Reliable Home Networking with Enterprise-Grade Performance

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Learn About Network Upgrades to Keep Today’s Smart Homes Connected

The network is the foundation of the modern connected home. This past year, perhaps we’ve come to fully appreciate just how essential it is. If your internet connection sputtered or stopped, it affected everything – your work connectivity, your kid’s schooling, your entertainment, and even your socializing.

The world will thankfully return to normal soon, but the demand for robust home networking will remain and only increase in our hyper-connected world. Fortunately, networking technology continues to improve at a rapid pace. Unlike some other technology devices like smartphones, laptops, and smart speakers, many people don’t think about networking upgrades. But with the ever-increasing amount of intelligent, connected devices in the home, you should consider upgrading your network to have the underpinning you need for all your connected work, education, entertainment, and communication.

Keep reading below to learn about enterprise-grade networking and Wi-Fi 6, two ways to ensure your Charlotte, NC home stays connected in the fast lane.

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What Is Wi-Fi 6—and Is It Really That Fast?

What Is Wi-Fi 6—and Is It Really That Fast?

Have you heard of Wi-Fi 6? It’s the next generation of Wi-Fi, which has faster speeds than ever. While the current Wi-Fi 5 runs on 3.5 Gbps (gigabits per second), Wi-Fi 6’s speeds reach 9.6 Gbps. But the new Wi-Fi offers much more than a speed boost. The way it’s programmed makes it possible to run more devices at once without slowing or crashing your network.

But how? We dive into the ins and outs of Wi-Fi 6 so you can understand all that’s to come in home networking. If your Charlotte, NC house currently includes multiple smart devices, the internet upgrade will be especially beneficial to you.

SEE ALSO: Smart Home System Trends to Watch Out for in 2020

 

Is It Really Faster?

Although Wi-Fi 6’s maximum speed is 9.6 Gbps, it’s unlikely you’d ever reach or need that speed in the real world. The standard download speed in the US is 72 Mbps—less than 1 percent of Wi-Fi 6’s maximum speeds! But that 9.6 Gbps is valuable because it can be split across a whole network of smart devices. Your router can only communicate with so many gadgets at once, often causing the system to overload. The more in-demand your network is, the more it is going to slow down.

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