Home Networks

ABS can recommend and install components for your home network, including:

Backup Devices

This is listed FIRST because it is definitely the MOST IMPORTANT thing you need to consider if you are storing your important files, pictures, and family videos on a hard drive. 

Hard drives, whether in your computer or external drives such as Western Digital MyBook, MyBook live can fail long before their 3-yr life expectancy.  When that happens, you have lost everything.  In some cases, you may be able to pay for a service that can recover files from a failed drive.  This can cost around $1,000!

Local Backup:
We can setup a backup drive on your network to backup files from multiple computers and devices and keep these files in sync so that when a file is added to your computer, it will automatically be backed up.

Cloud Backup
In addition to a local backup, to REALLY protect your valuable pictures and documents from being lost in a disaster, we recommend backing up to "the cloud" where your files are stored off-site.  In case of a fire or other catastrophic event, you can still recover your files.

Physical wiring

Even if you go wireless, there are some places wiring is required.  Smart TVs, Blue-Ray Units, Rokus, wireless access points and other devices work better with a physical network connection.  If you've ever watched movies over the internet and have been bothered by frequent interruptions, this may be due to your wireless connection.


Your provider will install a modem and sometimes a router.  We can usually do some additional configuration on your ISP's router.
If you install your own, we can recommend, install and configure your router and set up security.

Wireless Access Points

In some houses, having one wireless router may not be enough.  If theres a portion of your house that gets a weak wireless signal, we can install one of two things:

  • Wireless Repeaters - These units get installed away from your wireless router, but close enough to still have a strong signal.  Then, they repeat and strengthen the signal to the rest of the house.
  • Wireless Access Points - A network cable is run to whatever part of the house that lacks signal and is plugged into a wireless access point.  These are setup with the same SSID (wireless network name) so that as you move around in your home, your wireless device never loses signal.

Smart TVs, Blu-Ray, Smart Phones and other wireless streaming devices

These units usually have built-in wireless, but if you've ever used a service such as Netflix and experienced constant interruptions where the movie is "buffering", it may be due to your wireless signal.  If you are connecting your new wireless device to an older router, your router may be keeping you from getting the max speed out of your device. 

Maximum and typical wireless speeds are shown below:
Wireless Technology Max Speed (MBps) Typical Speeds MBps
Wireless-B 11 2-3
Wireless-A 54  
Wireless G 54 ~20
Wireless N 300 40-50
Wireless AC 1300 70-100

Wired Speeds:
Device Max Speed MBps
Older Routers 100
Newer Routers 1000

If your device has an ethernet connection, connecting it directly to your router can get you a100 megabits per second or 1 gigabit per second depending on your router and any switches (hubs) you may have installed, as well as the device you are using.

ABS can do an analysis and a recommendation to get the maximum speed out of your home network.

Printer Sharing
Share a common printer with all of computers at home.

File Sharing
Share files from computer to computer without having to copy them to a CD or thumb drive.

Online Services
Setup services such as dropbox and skype that allow you to share files and video conference with other people.