The home network balancing act.
I started managing my home network more than 20 years ago now. In our first house we had wires running the length of the ceiling in the basement. Most of the connections were in the basement (where my office was) and barb didn’t have a home office. She had a desk in the dining room that we snaked a cable up through an air vent so she could take advantage of the Internet.
We actually wired our second house in Cincinnati with Ethernet and cable for TV. It all came back to a box in the basement and I was able to route things from there. We only had dial up Internet back then so for the most part we each connected to the Internet via a modem connection. So we mostly used phone jacks.
Then we moved back to Indiana and over the years we added wiring to the house so we could have Internet on every level. Then wi-fi became reliable. So we moved away from wired connections to expanded wi-fi connections.
Now everything is wired and wireless depending upon if the device is close to a connection or can leverage wi-fi. The problem? I have two devices that aren’t playing nice on my network. Every Saturday/Sunday night Dish Network sends a packet to the two hoppers in the house and every Sunday morning or Monday morning my network is saturated. I’ve traced the problem to the two dish receivers. I moved one to a wired Ethernet connection and one to wireless and still the two Hoppers on their own flood my network.
Once I reset them they operate fine the rest of the week. But on the weekend they seem to consistently blow up after midnight. Everybody else on my network plays nice.
It’s a balancing act and frankly one that I don’t really have time to play. So I get frustrated really quickly. Luckily both my grandfather and my father taught me calm down before you call people. So I am calming down, its been five weeks of troubleshooting an hour a day on the weekends. I am going to call Dish and see what the heck they are doing to the hoppers.
As we move further and further into the interconnected world of Stayable, Wearable and Portable, the ability of a device to realize it is flooding the network, or a network monitoring device that is smart enough to shut off a segment that is doing poorly (or even a specific IP address) is going to have a huge impact on the home market. Don’t make me find the bad network device, solve it and then notify me.
We issued the first Creative Technology & Innovation report yesterday (part 1 of home automation). There are more coming in the new few months.
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