In this crash course on the various ways of networking your house, Linus talks about wired ethernet networking (routers & switches), wireless, powerline, and even a bit about network storage. He also gives a practical example of how all of these technologies can be used together to build a good home network.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

25 thoughts on “Home Networking 101 – Understanding the Hardware Required to Build an Optimal Home Network

  1. Tuscopa says:

    I wonder if Linus also have some kind of gadget on the bathroom. From what I can tell it is probably the only place at his home where he does not have one 🙂

  2. MG2R says:

    @CuberCalebHD It’s not only a matter of your internet speed… If, like Linus (or me), you have a home server, you want file transfers to be quick and fluid, that’s what the greater speeds are for. Even if you don’t have a home server, from the moment you have more than one pc, it’s handy to be able to share files between on a high speed network 😉

  3. TimeIsTheMatter says:

    i could use some advice:
    there are 4 pcs that require net connection in my house, no devices. currently everything is networked with wireless b/g. only one of these pcs uses the internet heavily and its mostly for gaming and downloading. it is not near a modem or router so not possible for ethernet. would it be better to upgrade to wireless n with a better router or should i consider powerline ethernet?

  4. ShadowwwLFS says:

    @MyRandomReviews Um, why you’d ever buy a pre-terminated cable? That limits you to lengths that are available in shop – usually 3m, 5m, 10m, 20m etc.

  5. MyRandomReviews says:

    @ShadowwwLFS – If it means the difference of 20p for a ~£5.00 cable, you might as well purchase a CAT6 cable. CAT5e was never intentionally designed for gigabit ethernet and often doesn’t allow gigabit pairing over longer distances.

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