The digital home is here to stay

Make the most of technology and make your everyday life easier.

Apr 23, 2014

A good network is key if the digital home is to work well. 
If the groundwork is done well, the rest of the job is easy as pie.
By Elina Blom

The heart of the digital home is the router. This is the thing that allows your appliances to talk to each other. Simply put, the router can be compared to a traffic policeman who directs the information sent between your appliances and makes sure that the information ends up in the right hands. When you click start a film on your cell phone, and it turns up on your TV, it is your router that makes sure that the information from the mobile phone actually ends up at the TV. Depending on how advanced it is, it can even choose to prioritize bandwidth to your film stream. Because video is more demanding for the network than for example an email, this can be necessary for you to get the best possible picture and sound quality.

”In Clas Ohlson’s new product catalogue, you can, using color coding, decide how advanced the functionality of the infrastructure in your home should be,” explains product manager Richard Larsson. The colors are green, blue and red. Green is the simplest model and red the most advanced with most functionality.
Make sure you choose a router with USB ports so you have the option of for example connecting an external hard drive to reach them wirelessly from all units in the home.
With a good router in place, and eventually a repeater which extends and strengthens the wireless network’s coverage in a larger home, you have the basis for your digital home. Homeplug is an easy way of building out your network without you needing to lay new cables. It is also a good complement to your wireless network if you want internet in the guest house or the garage. Homeplug is a network that works via the electricity network which means that you already have a strong infrastructure in your home, and all you need to add are the final appliances.
“To simply extend the network you put our product AV200 Wireless in the network router and the other matching unit out in the guest house. In this way you create a new wireless access point out there. You use the existing electricity network and use the existing electricity cables to move the wireless from one building to another,” explains Richard Larsson.
Make your corded appliance wireless
Do you have a play station, TV, Blu-ray player or similar which is connected to the internet via cables, but lacks the possibility of wireless internet? No problem, Netgear network adapter, makes your appliances wireless regardless of their brand. You simply connect the cable to the appliance, fasten it on the back of your unit using the help of the cardboard band and let it connect to your home wireless network.

Turn things on and off remotely
Tellstick is a unit which you, depending on the model, connect to the router’s USB port or Ethernet port to remote control electrical appliance. Can be controlled via your smart phone, tablet or computer. As well as a Tellstick you need a remote switch. If you purchase a Tellstick such as a USB dongle you also need a Dovado router or computer connected to the internet with a free USB port. The easiest choice is Tellstick Net which can be connected directly in the router without needing a USB port. 

Start with a router
All digital homes need a good router. It is the basis of the digital home and what the home will build on in the future. Netgear N-300, 599 kr, belongs to category blue and is therefore the middle of the range. It has double antennae and USB ports. 

Access film and music libraries from all units
If you connect the external hard drive Seagate Satellite (38-4905), 1499 kr, to the router, you can access all the films, pictures and music you have stored on the hard drive, from all your units connected to the network. You can also take it with you in the car so that the children, via their own tablet or smart phone, can look at different films wirelessly, because Satellite can be connected to the car’s 12 volt outlet and create an individual network in the car. When you are home again, you can connect back to your home network.