Breaking Bad (Home Networks)…and how to fix them
After Breaking Bad's big Emmy night (and false rumor of a sixth season), I was reminiscing about the show and how it worked on so many different levels. The main story kept me riveted, but I also enjoyed the subtext which was filled with important lessons that could easily be applied to our use and adoption of technology. The great thing about this show was that these pearls of wisdom could come from anyone. For example here is an observation from Mike, a former cop turned bad guy, who discusses mistakes he's made in his life with lead character Walt. "I chose a half-measure when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half-measures, Walter." – Mike
For me, this was one of the best scenes in a show filled with some of the greatest in TV history. Of course, Mike is certainly not alone. All of us are guilty of half measures somewhere in our lives. We all take short cuts on things, where we:
- deem the task unimportant
- realize it is important, but we don’t feel like committing the time/effort/money to making the effort complete, or
- don’t realize how important the task is and treat it as if it were unimportant
With the growth of connected homes, many of us who are far too busy already, have let our home networks fall into this third bucket. To ensure you understand how important the home network has become, consider these data points from Cisco’s Virtual Networking Index:
- 2/3 of all tablets do not have cell connection and can only be used via wifi
- 45% of all mobile data is “offloaded” (i.e. accessed via wifi, not over the cell network)
- Compound Annual Growth Rate for mobile data traffic through 2018 range between a low of 50% in North American and Western Europe and a high of 70% in the Middle East and Africa
Regardless of how you use your home network (to stream movie content, to enable an IP connected phone, to telecommute, to game, or more), it is highly recommend that you protect your home network with a battery back-up that will provide you with enough run time to take you through extended power outages. Thirty minutes is often considered the minimum amount of time required, but you may need much more depending on where you live and how you use your network.
To better evaluate your specific needs, try the APC by Schneider Electric self-evaluation tool (here). Or, click here to learn more about state of the art solutions with long run times (approximately 4.5 hours) to power your home networking equipment.
A great deal is riding on your home wifi network, so no matter how you decide to protect it, remember to go all the way, no half measures.