Tips to improve your wired network
If improving your wireless network seems difficult, improving a wired network seems nearly impossible. After all, the strange alchemy of wireless communication seems to leave plenty of scope for modification and alternation. How much can you change when all you have to work with is cable and two sockets? Well, as it happen, quite a bit. And here are some of the things you can do if you want to improve the way your network performs.
1. Simplify your topography with crossover cable.
If your desktop system are in the same room, you still have to run a cable from each system to the router and back. This creates a lot of physical redundancy. However, you can get around it using something called “crossover” cable. Crossover Ethernet cable allows two network adapters to connect directly to one another – something you cannot do with standard ‘patch’ cable – meaning you can bypass the need to connect to router or other type of network hub. This allows fast and direct file transfer, and if one system connect to a modem, you can also use it to share an internet connection.
2. Make sure your hardware is up to speed.
Modern routers, network cards and motherboard incorporate support for gigabit Ethernet, which runs ten times faster 1000 Mps. That type of connection not expensive to improve the rest of hardware so you can take advantage of these higher speed. You should make sure your cabling properly rated for the high speeds of gigabit Ethernet. There are two main types of Ethernet cable CAT5 and CAT5e. The former is rated for standard Ethernet and Fast Ethernet connections (10Mbps or 100Mpbs respectively) but only the latter can get the full speed out of gigabit Ethernet. CAT5e cable also has other advantage, which make it more likely to provide a stable and reliable connection. Improvements over vanilla CAT5 cable means that CAT5e incorporates greater resistance to device interference, and improved durability, thanks to better standards for its PVC coating. CAT5e is also backward compatible with Ethernet and Fast Ethernet. If you are feeling particularly extravagant, you may also want to buy CAT6 cabling. It is arguably more then you need right now, but CAT6 is not much more expensive than any other kind of network cable and is rated to speed of 100Gbps.
3. Prioritise Your Wired Network.
If you have both a wired and wireless network setup, it goes without saying that the former is likely to offer better speed and reliability – but Windows has a habit of always choosing the wireless network if both are available. Luckily, it is possible to change this behaviour. The easiest way is to change the connection priority of your wired network adaptor by finding the little –used options dialogue that lets you do so. To find it, open up the ‘View network connections’ windows (type view network connections’ in to start menu.
4. Minimise Interference And Signal Distance.
Around our home or office are numerous electrical items that might interfere with the signal, decreasing speed and reliability. Anything that generates a strong electromagnetic field has the potential to be a problem; stereo speakers for example, or fluorescent light bulb and microwave oven. Indeed, if you do have to wire your network near a fluorescent light, it is recommended that you run cable lengthways in the same direction as the tube, rather than across it, as this can minimise the interference.
5. Use Your QoS To manage Traffic
You may have seen QoS settings in your router. QoS stands for ‘Quality of service’. In practical sense, it means you can make your router do things like game data as more important than web data to minimise latency or keep your Skype connection stronger even if that means slowing your downloads. Essentially, you force the router to deal with the traffic you want to prioritise first instead of letting it decide.
Wired network offer great speed and reliability.