Wired vs wireless

Computer networks for either business or home have traditionally been built using wired technology. Wi-Fi wireless technologies are now rapidly gaining popularity but both wired and wireless can claim advantages over the other.

WiFi

Wired Pros

Wired technology is very reliable compared to wireless solutions and wired is very cheap. Also the equipment is generally cheaper, as well as the cost of maintenance. Generally, copper wiring has a very long life expectancy. Speed is also a huge advantage of using wired connections.

Wired Cons

Wired connections are not always realistic and practical an application. There will be a high cost associated with the installation. Ethernet cables can run a maximum of 100 meters before the signal needs to be boosted.

Wireless Pros

Wireless technology is very convenient, enabling a user to roam anywhere within the vicinity of the range of the wireless router - even in the garden. Wireless connections are becoming increasing available in the center of towns and cities through "hotspots". It is quick to set up and get up and running compared to wired. While the equipment you use may break (just as wired equipment would) the signals themselves never break. In comparison to wireless eventually getting old or corroded, this is a great advantage. You do not have to worry about running wires in awkward places.

Wireless Cons

Can be affected by other wireless signals (portable/cellular phones, microwaves, etc). Cost can be higher than for wired. Signals can be intercepted and securing the wireless equipment is paramount. Speeds are relatively slower than wired.