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Ultimate Guide to Your Move
Your boxes are packed and already in the moving vans. And you’ve got the keys to your new home. It’s time to start thinking about what happens after the couch is moved in! You and your new home deserve the best! But it can be overwhelming to get your wifi and home Internet set up, put together your home theater and streaming setup, and build a great home security system that will make you feel safe.
But, where do you start?
There are plenty of things to consider while you’re setting up your home, but Suddenlink has put together the ultimate guide for you to set up your home with ease.
Wifi and home Internet
Some people can’t go long without wifi and Internet access. This is why it is usually one of the first things you’ll want to set up.
To start off, wifi and home Internet are actually two different things. The Internet serves as the data and wifi sends that data through a connection in the air to area networks and wireless electronics in the home.
When setting up your home Internet, you’ll need to understand what hardware is involved. A modem is the basic gateway device that makes home Internet possible; information on the Internet needs a translator before it can be sent or received. Once you’re connected to the Internet with a modem, a router splits the signal so you can send and receive Internet from multiple devices.
There are also a few different “wired” Internet systems you’ll need to know about. Cable, fiber, and ethernet Internet describe types of wires that bring the Internet to you from outside of the home. With cable, your Internet signals are sent to and from your house through the same coaxial cable used for your TV. With fiber optic Internet you won’t see the wires in your home, they are usually underground or hanging from the poles outside of your house. A signal box outside of your home translates signals from your coaxial wire hookup into signals that can then transmit at the speed of light through a fiber optic wire. The ethernet is a type of wire that connects home Internet devices directly to a router and modem.
Sometimes your wifi signal may not reach the far corners of your house so getting a wifi extender or wifi mesh system can be beneficial. WiFi extenders help boost the signal from that main device to ensure that the entire home has coverage. Mesh systems act as a unified system connected to a central modem, with one or more “nodes.” Which are WiFi extender devices that can be positioned around your home or office to extend the connection. And WiFi repeaters simply rebroadcast your original WiFi signal to a localized area, without adding extra bandwidth.
Nothing says home like grabbing a bowl of popcorn and lounging on the couch while watching your favorite TV show. But, you’ll want the best setup to make sure nothing is interfering with your TV time!
Have you thought about what kind of TV you want to buy? To help guide you, consider the shows and movies you'll be watching in your theater. If your main purpose is to get every sporting event in high definition, you’ll need to take that into account. Screen resolution levels increase from 720p to 1080p, to Ultra 4K HD, ones with lower resolution tend to be more affordable. You also will need to think about the size of your television. Make sure to measure your home theater space and diagonally measure your television, with the furniture in the room, you may have less or more room than you thought. You can also buy a projector for your big movie nights. With the projector, you’ll need accessories such as a pull-down screen or stand-alone screen and a wall-mount for the projector itself.
If you’re planning on streaming the latest movies and shows on a platform like Netflix or Hulu, you’ll need to make sure you have the set up for that as well. Streaming can be done over WiFi or hardwired Internet. And for some companies like Google and Amazon, provide a cable that hooks up to your television to start streaming.
Another way to stream seamlessly is by getting a Smart TV. Smart TVs can connect to the Internet, stream all of your streaming platforms, and even tell you the weather. As long as you’re connected to WiFi or home Internet, your TV is good to go! By itself, a Smart TV is very impressive but when you add in some accessories, it can maximize your viewing experience. For example, a soundbar can help amplify the sound of your TV if the speakers in the TV aren’t cutting it. Or you can invest in a surround sound system, have 5 or 7 speakers around your home theater to feel like you’re really at the movies. And hook up the latest gaming systems to your Smart TV and take advantage of the 4K gaming experience.
Smart home security brings an extra layer of protection to your home. Just like adding a pin code to access your bank account or a facial ID lock on your smartphone, you want to make sure your important information and belongings are safe.
Home cameras work with WiFi to connect with your home network. They can also work with ethernet, Bluetooth, or Z-Wave hubs. The cameras capture anything that triggers the motion sensor. For an extra layer of security, you can have a sound sensor too. You’ll then receive notifications of any activity to your phone’s app or automation hub. Smart security cameras can be set up inside and outside of your home.
Smart doorbells use a WiFi signal to live stream what is happening outside of your front door. These doorbells can record movement that happens outside. Whether you’re keeping an eye out for porch pirates or just seeing who is at the front door, you’ll be able to see everything.
Smart locks work with or without a home security system, an automation hub, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth and control it through a mobile app. A lot of smart locks are also compatible with your other smart technology like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. With smart locks, you can receive notifications when the door locks or unlocks and you can set schedules (temporary or permanent) to lock and unlock the doors at certain times throughout the day.
Congratulations on your move! Now that you have the information to get started, your home setup will be done in no time.
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