When it comes to wired and wireless networks both have specific pros and cons. Although nowadays everyone is clamoring for WiFi, that does not mean that it is the best option for your business. Look at your business functions and requirements and consult the list of pluses and minus below before you decide which is the best IT network service.
Is Wired All Tied Up?
The biggest advantages to wired networks are speed and security. Of course, every IT network has security concerns, but it is generally accepted in the industry that wired networks are tougher for criminals to exploit. Plus, security measures are more easily applied to wired networks.
One of the biggest downsides is access. Although any employee can plug in and connect, most employees and visiting clients expect WiFi for fast, simple connections. And, don’t forget about that jumbled mess of wires under everyone’s desk. As the name implies, wired networks require cabling or ethernet cords to establish a physical connection to any device requiring access.
The Need for Speed
When comparing the speed of wireless and WiFi, wired networks win every time. Although WiFi is convenient and speeds are continually improving, wired networks are faster and reach speeds of 1 gigabit-per-second.
And, say goodbye to the clutter of cords, wireless networks are ideal for neat freaks or anyone who does not want to wrestle cables beneath their desks. And, since these days so many employees use multiple devices—laptops, tablets, smartphone—the convenience of wireless is undeniable since each device need not be physically connected. Flexibility and scalability are also a plus.
So, you may be wondering, what are the cons of a wireless network? Well, the biggest one is network security, which can be more difficult on wireless. We suggest authorization controls and security screening processes for those who will be connecting via wireless.
Connection issues are another downside to WiFi—many locations, especially office buildings have “dead zones” where coverage is inaccessible. The solution is creating additional wireless access points, which can increase costs.
Best of Both Worlds
The bottomline is that most offices benefit from both wired and wireless networks. In fact, you cannot have wireless without wired. That’s right. A comprehensive wired infrastructure is necessary to support wireless entry access on your IT network. And, having both gives employees flexibility and options—wired service for desks and laptops; wireless for smart devices and visitors.