How To Setup A Home Network
Just a brief explanation for those who don't have any experience at all with home networking. In a connected home network, there are usually two main devices. The first and foremost device is a modem. The modem connects to your internet providers coax or phone line and supplies the actual internet connection to your home. From there, a standard modem can be connected to one single device. That can be a PC, TV, etc. or secondly a router. A router splits the signal to multiple devices either wirelessly or through a wired connection. However, there are also cable modem / router combos (WiFi Modem). These have a built-in router which provide an in-home WiFi experience and most offer 4 direct wired connections via an Ethernet cable.
Setup With A Traditional WiFi Router
To setup a home network with a typical router, connect your modem first to the wall cable or phone outlet. Make sure to get your modem connected and running on your ISP's network before connecting a router. To activate a new modem see Activate Modem. See the diagram below to help you get things setup properly. View options for WiFi Routers based on your needs.
Setup With MoCA Networking
Additionally, you can add MoCA to your network setup and create a wired-like connection. We get a lot of questions here about MoCA? So What Is MoCA? MoCA is short for Multimedia Over Coax Alliance. MoCA uses your home's existing coax cable wires to supply a faster, wired type home network. Special adapters called MoCA Adapters are placed at each coax outlet where you'd like an Internet connection. One is also connected to your router. You can easily build a more secure, faster and greater distance capable network. This type of network can be used even if you have cable or other data transmitting on your coax cable lines already. A select few routers are MoCA compliant, so check to be sure before buying an unneeded adapter. Our top pick for MoCA Adapters is the Actiontec MoCA Ethernet to Coax Adapter, view it on Amazon
Setup With Powerline Adapters
Similar to MoCA, Powerline Networking Adapters use your home's existing electrical lines to easily add faster and more secure lines. Simply connect one adapter to an Ethernet cable from your router and plug into any outlet. Plug in another adapter near a device you'd like to connect to the internet, pair the two and you'll have an instant connection. Create a direct line for data intensive devices like TVs or game systems.
Our Top Pick For Powerline Adapter Kits is the TP-Link TL-PA9020P KIT.