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.
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 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 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.
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.