Wired vs Wireless Data Networking

Wired vs wireless data networking

We are sometimes asked by customers why we still fit network cables when wireless is so common and so much faster than it used to be. There are several reasons why we still fit wired network cables, even in a domestic environment, but we also believe that wireless and wired compliment each other and almost all installations should have both, not one or the other.

Wired networking has several distinct advantages over wireless – it is inherently secure; it is less prone to interference; it less processor intensive; it is faster; and data cable is more versatile and can be used for other services other than just data networking. However there are drawbacks as well – it can be time-consuming and disruptive to install; it isn’t very flexible as it can only be connected to at the point where the cable terminates; many devices don’t have a wired connection.

Wireless offers flexibility and an ease of deployment that wired cannot. However it requires expensive hardware to support large numbers of wireless connections and is a single purpose technology (unlike a wired connection which can be re-purposed to provide audio, video, telephony or extra-low voltage power).

In a commercial environment wireless is perfectly suited to conference suites, reception areas, canteens and meeting rooms whereas wired connections are best used for office areas where there is high levels of network usage and mobility and flexibility is not so much of an issue.

In domestic environments wired is perfect for connecting fixed devices such as smart TVs, desktop computers and media streaming devices such as the AppleTV, Roku2 XS units. This leaves the wireless connection free to support smartphones, tablets and laptops, providing a much more pleasant user experience for all concerned.