Feature: Accelerating Entertainment for the Modern Family

Back to School Putting Demand on Home Networks

Author: Don Martelli
Published: September 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

School is back in session and for many homes and that means that kids from pre-teen through college ages are once again deep into homework and coursework.

Student’s homework has gotten far more complex. It’s just no longer completed simply with pencil, pen and paper any more. Students are being asked to create projects using digital files; such as, movies, photos, presentations and documents, in addition to being asked to digest movies, e-books and other forms of digital content to enhance their experience in the classroom.

Students are video chatting with professors. Parents are emailing with teachers. Classmates are collaborating on classwork in real-time.

All of this, of course, puts stress on a home network and if you aren’t equipped with a top-notch router, it might as well feel like you are backtracking to the pen and paper era.

I’d suggest checking out the superb line of routers by Western Digital (WD). The My Net HD series of routers, specifically the N600, N750, N900 and N900 Central, feature something called FasTrack technology. These routers handle multiple content demands and stream high quality, HD content flawlessly.

The My Net HD line of dual-band wireless routers, for which there are four of them, range in price from $80 to $350, in addition to an 8-port Gigabyte home entertainment switch that runs for roughly $70.

What’s cool about FasTrack is that it’s built to avoid bandwidth hogging, i.e. seamless use of entertainment and communications services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, YouTube, Skype, Spotify, but also applies to any type of content or network (i.e. educational) that streams from the web. A pre-set configuration optimizes the quality of the stream, while automatically analyzing and prioritizing these services to ensure they get the proper bandwidth. Basically, these routers eliminate the “why can’t I watch my teacher’s lecture” question and keeps the whole family’s online services functioning smoothly.

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Article Author: Don Martelli

Known on the social web as “BigGuyD,” Don Martelli is just a dad, moonlighting as a digital marketer, photog and civilian journalist. He's the executive editor for Technorati. Connect with him at www.donmartelli.com.

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