Security measures that keep out unwanted users must be present. These measures include encryption support for Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and/or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA).
Ease of Use
Home networking software must be easy to use. Gone are the days that many different applications must be loaded to accomplish a single job. With a centralized home network interface, the user is able to oversee and manage the entire home network with just a few clicks of the mouse. Multiple task wizards designed to guide the novice through the process of sharing printers, Internet connections and files are necessary for all home network products. Graphical maps displaying the network topology of currently connected and recently disconnected devices are further expected attributes of any high-end home network software.
Network Device Connectivity
Wireless router configuration should be easy and seamless via the centralized network management interface. The software should allow the traveling user to choose from multiple Wi-Fi networks while still protecting their personal information and files from the eyes of intruders.
Sharing of Network Assets
Device connectivity from Network Attached Storage (NAS), phones, cameras, and other gadgets, as well as printer and file sharing must be easily achieved and maintained.
Network Control and Monitoring
The ability to control and monitor the home network is often as important to the home user as it is to the office manager. While businesses need to protect their company’s assets, the home user often desires to protect children and other family members from external threats.
Network control features include the ability to limit the internet access of individual computers, block internet threats and to restrict questionable content.
Parents will appreciate the ability to capture screen shots of a computer’s activity and tracking visited websites. Monitoring network storage capacity and application usage are other features to look for.
Network Repair and Maintenance
Maintaining and repairing a home network does not require expensive house calls from the local computer guru. Home network software empowers the tech novice with the ability to test their internet speed, repair internet connections, troubleshoot problems, receive network alerts, backup and restore system settings.
Supported Operating Systems
Networks are evolving. Often the home is running several devices, gadgets as well as computers with different operating systems such as MacOS and Windows. A software solution needs to be robust enough to integrate a variety of platforms on the network.
Free trials, product upgrades and technical support availability from the manufacturer are all things that need to be taken into account when selecting a home network software solution.
Home network software makes establishing and maintaining a home network an easy task.