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When it all comes down to the wire

Published: January 20, 2021

You may have tried resetting the modem, changing your internet plan or anything you can think of to fix your internet… But did you know a relatively inexpensive piece of copper wire within the walls of your property might be the real cause of your internet problems? In this article we “get down to the wire” to explain why.

Why is it important to have robust and reliable in-home wiring?

No matter how much you spend on WiFi equipment, your internet is always limited by wiring in the home

Ever wondered how the internet reaches your home? There is typically copper wiring that delivers your internet signal from  your building entry point (BEP) on the side of the house to the internet gateway (modem). These days we are spending huge amounts of money on the latest smart TVs, WiFi-enabled security cameras, smart home devices, gaming and more – yet our experience using these gadgets is ultimately limited by in-home wiring, which provides the internet signal to the modem. It’s also worth noting that no matter how much you spend on WiFi equipment to make your signal strong and robust, it will always be limited by the structural integrity of something as simple as a piece of copper wire.

How old is your home?

Many homes these days contain the same telephone wiring as when the home was built. This could be decades ago, well before the internet age. This technology is basically obsolete and old style connectors and splitters can cause your internet signal to lose its lustre. Do you have a telephone socket in the kitchen and another in the study or bedroom? It’s likely your home features highly common “star wiring”, which was designed for the analogue telephone lines of yesteryear. Perhaps you’ve even tried connecting your internet devices using telephone extension cords. Although this technology worked fine for telephones, those cords and wiring, together with old style wall plates, can become damaged and wreak havoc on today’s modems.

When wiring is old it’s inevitably going to fail. The effects of bad weather, extreme temperatures or even pesky rodents or ‘roaches lurking around can all contribute to those wire connections being strained or damaged over time. The best way to find out what’s really going on behind those walls is to have your BEP and data points professionally tested. This will highlight the source of any kind of data loss once and for all.

How can you get your in-home wiring tested?

You can perform a simple test yourself to determine if you have an issue. Open tech2’s speed test in your web browser here, and you’ll instantly discover if you’re getting your internet plan speed to your modem, when testing in close proximity.

If it’s been a while since you had your wiring looked at,  a registered cabler has the right testing equipment to determine its integrity.  To test your in-home wiring  get in touch with our WiFi and telecommunications technicians, who can test the connection from your home’s entry point right through to the modem and advise if your in-home wiring needs replacing. Our experienced telecommunications professionals have the credentials and expertise to install and replace all common types of cable (such as Cat6) to the highest standards of compliance in Australia.

What are the other advantages of in-home wiring for internet?

A cabled (ethernet) connection is much faster than a wireless one. Did you know that upgrading the cabling or wiring in your home can provide a strong connection to various stationary internet-enabled devices, such as smart TVs, desktop computers and gaming consoles? Looking to keep cabling costs down? The cheapest time to install internet cabling is when you’re renovating or building a new home! We recommend looking at a combination of cabled data points for signal reliability and speed, along with WiFi access points or a Mesh WiFi network for portable devices such as laptops, phones and tablets. This provides the best of both worlds and will keep you smiling for years to come.