Setting up your home network can be tricky if you have multiple computers or devices and peripherals. To help you get organised, our friends at How-To Geek have put together a guide for planning and mapping your home network.
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The guide suggests taking an inventory of all your devices, starting from your router to all the wired and wireless devices that will connect to it. Then take a physical tour of your network and map everything out. (We suggest Diagramly for a quick map or Lovely Charts for a very pretty map, but there are may other flowchart programs you can use for this purpose, or you could draw by hand.)
How-To Geek also explains some networking basics, helps you choose security, and consider naming schemes, file sharing, and keeping a record of all your devices.
Once done, you should have an organised home network that was easier to put together — and should be easier to maintain — than if you hadn’t planned first.
How To Plan, Organize, and Map Out Your Home Network [How-To Geek]