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Once you have Internet connectivity and a firewall set up properly in your meetinghouse, the next step is extending that Internet access to the various locations in the meetinghouse where it's needed. This is where networking comes into play. All changes related to networking in a meetinghouse should be made under the direction of the facilities management group or area office. Please direct questions about networking to these groups.
A basic overview of networking options is given here for informational purposes.
There are two primary methods for extending Internet access from your firewall: wired or wireless. Meetinghouses usually employ a combination of these two methods. A third method, powerline networking, is also available.
Wired network access consists of network cables running from the firewall out to wall jacks. Wired connections should be used where possible in the following two situations:
- Where computers are permanently located (such as clerk computers and family history center computers)
- In locations where you will be viewing or uploading multimedia content.
Main article: Meetinghouse wired networking
Wireless requires the placement of wireless access points in key areas of the meetinghouse. Wireless is a convenient way for people to connect to a meetinghouse network and is often a practical way of providing Internet access to most parts of a building.
Main article: Meetinghouse wireless networking
Note: Both the wired and wireless systems you implement are referred to as a network. A network is a collection of computers sharing the same resources -- in this case, sharing the same Internet access through the firewall. All computers that go online in your meetinghouse network will connect to the same firewall to gain access to the Internet.
Additional option: powerline networking
It may be especially difficult or expensive to run network cables or provide wireless access to portions of some buildings. A third option that may be useful in some situations is known as powerline networking. This solution allows for carrying data across electrical cabling that is already in place. Though there are some limitations to this type of system, it can be a useful solution in situations where other conventional methods are especially difficult or expensive to implement.
Main article: Powerline networking
Did you know that many meetinghouse styles have a name? Though some meetinghouses are one-of-a-kind, many are common styles based on standard plans and designs. If your meetinghouse was built based on a standard design and you can find out which one it is, you may be able to find useful floor plans or learn and share best practices for extending network access in that style of meetinghouse.
Main article: Common styles of meetinghouses