Pro tips for mounting and cabling solutions, from someone who got it wrong enough times. You may not know this, but your router wants to be the centre of attention. It also wants to be high. The single best thing I’ve done for my home network was to invest in an 802.11ac wireless router, drill holes to run Cat 6 cable from our cable router to a central location, hard cable the wireless router and put it on top of a cupboard. The four Wi-fi signal antennas are arranged with two facing forwards and two facing to the back of the house. It’s helpful that 802.11ac has a large footprint and beamforming antennas, but the placement has made it easier to plug in range extenders to help relay signal through walls and trickier areas of the house. Bottom line: you don’t need to mount your router upside down, just higher so that it doesn’t need to pass through bodies or other obstacles simply to get out.
Cable management can also get crazy when upgrading your home’s smarts. Techflex makes various braided/ woven cable management solutions with fire – or rodent – resistant properties, depending on your needs. I prefer the spiral sleeves because they’re easier to wrap around cables and it expands easier. No one likes a rat’s nest behind their PC or smart device; wrap it up.