Leveraging Technology

Network and Residential Security

 In relation to home IT and WiFi, a network refers to a system of connected devices that can communicate with each other and share information and resources, such as printers, files, and an Internet connection. A home network typically includes a WiFi router or access point that serves as a central hub for connecting devices, such as computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart home devices, to the Internet and to each other. The devices connect to the WiFi router or access point wirelessly using WiFi technology or through wired connections using Ethernet cables. The network may also include additional networking hardware, such as switches or repeaters, to extend the range and capacity of the network. Home Network is the bedrock of residential security as it underpins all aspects of the technical systems.

What are Common Home Network Problems?

There are several common network problems that homes may experience:

  • Slow internet speeds: This is one of the most common network problems. Slow speeds can be caused by a variety of factors, including distance from the router, interference from other devices, or an outdated router.
  • Poor Wi-Fi signal: Weak Wi-Fi signal can result in slow internet speeds and poor connectivity. This can be caused by distance from the router, interference from other devices, or the construction of the home.
  • Limited range: Some homes may have dead spots where the Wi-Fi signal is weak or nonexistent. This can be caused by distance from the router or interference from other devices.
  • Network congestion: When too many devices are connected to the network, it can cause congestion and slow down internet speeds. This can be addressed by limiting the number of devices connected or upgrading to a higher-speed internet plan.
  • Router issues: An outdated or malfunctioning router can cause connectivity issues and slow speeds. This can be addressed by upgrading to a newer model or resetting the router.
  • Interference from other devices: Other electronic devices in the home, such as microwaves or baby monitors, can interfere with the Wi-Fi signal and cause connectivity issues.
  • Security issues: Weak passwords or outdated security protocols can leave the network vulnerable to hacking and other security threats. This can be addressed by updating passwords and enabling the latest security protocols.

4 Reasons Why Network security is essential for a house:

  1. Protection against cyber threats: Cyber threats such as viruses, malware, and hackers can compromise the security of your network, steal sensitive information, and cause damage to your devices. Network security measures such as firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection systems can help prevent these attacks and keep your devices and personal information safe.
  2. Safeguarding personal information: With the rise of smart homes and the internet of things (IoT), more and more devices in our homes are connected to the internet. This includes devices such as security cameras, smart locks, and smart thermostats. These devices can collect and store personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, which makes them a potential target for hackers. Network security measures can protect this information and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
  3. Protection of family members: Children and other family members can be vulnerable to online threats such as cyberbullying, identity theft, and inappropriate content. Network security measures such as parental controls can help protect them from these threats and ensure they use the internet safely.
  4. Protection of financial assets: Many people conduct financial transactions online, such as online banking and shopping. A compromised network can expose financial information and make it vulnerable to theft. Network security measures can help protect these transactions and prevent financial loss.

In summary, network security is essential for a house to protect personal information, family members, financial assets, and to prevent cyber threats from compromising the security of your network and devices. If the home network has vulnerabilities across the residence, it is vulnerable to exploitation. There is also often a need for the development and improvement of the technical infrastructure of residences both for families to have robust, fast, and usable connectivity.

How to Assess Your Network, and/Or Design a Robust, Secure Home Network?

The ETS Residential security team undertake a detailed assessment of your residence, and evaluate your current network, along with all other aspects of your property to provide a detailed list of vulnerabilities. Click here to learn more about our Residential Risk Assessments.