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Business Computer Setup Highlights Wired Over Wireless Advantages


July 23, 2018

Wireless networks continue popping up across the world as the internet and accessibility remains a top priority for nearly everyone on the planet. What was once considered a large planet is seemingly shrinking with each passing day as the world becomes more and more connected. Many jobs are now reliant on internet accessibility and being able to work at any given time from almost anywhere creates a modern day convenience to which many would be unwilling to separate. However, there are also major advantages to tapping into a wired network for use over its wireless adversary.

While convenience may be the only key advantage to a wireless network, there remains many factors to consider when determining the best option for your present situation. Whether you are hoping to create a new network inside a home or office space, looking to complete some business on the go, or simply hoping to browse the internet for pleasure, shopping, or news - the fact remains that a hard-wired system will offer many more benefits than the wireless option has available to compete.

Although it appears there is a shift in preference to the wireless option from shear quantity of the new networks being established, many businesses and individuals both prefer to remain with their more consistent wired operations. Each of the following detailed factors makes selecting the wired option seem easy when given an appropriate amount of consideration against the one and only standard of wireless - convenience. The question one must ask themselves is - at what cost is it worth ignoring these wired benefits for simplicity with such obvious drawbacks?

Security

There are mountains of information available online and stored on computers everywhere which if accessed by the wrong people can cause significant damage to anyone from individuals to schools, groups, organizations, communities, or even countries. Photographs, bank account information, medical or school records and legal matters make up just a small conglomerate of the available information kept somewhere on a hard drive. This information is vital to all who would need to access it but given to the wrong people could be used for harm instead of any intended means. Keeping all of this content safe and secure is of the utmost importance and can more easily be relegated by storing it within a hard wired network as opposed to something that is completely wireless.

Wireless networks which store this information are much more easily broken into and can then be accessed by hackers looking to steal someone else’s identity or even worse. Multiple wifi security threats exist which can be caused by someone else using a wireless connection in order to gain access to your network. The person may not even need to be in the vicinity to access it, using instead the wireless components of the network as their way into the information.

Unlike wireless connections, wired systems must physically be accessed via a cable and are significantly more contained than wireless. Entire systems which are all connected via different cables create an interlocking group of different stations or computers  which can typically only be breached by someone using either one of the different machines already available or accessing the network and plugging into the information. Remote accessibility is virtually zero.

Obviously one of the most important features with any system regardless of if it is a home network or tax office with loads of individual's private information - the decision for choosing wired is clear.

Connectivity

Wireless networks can typically only cover a certain amount of space before the signal weakens and connectivity becomes an issue. Also, physical structures such as walls - interior and exterior, floors/ceilings and windows also place a strain on the signal availability as distances increase from the main source. While signal boosters exist and are readily available, searching for the signal is a complete non-factor for a wired network. As long as the wire can reach a computer then that station can have connectivity to the system whereas a wireless option may not be serviceable.

Further, the amount of devices linked into a wireless system can also cause issues with the internet connection, something that is not a factor for wired units.

Wireless systems operate with a router which often needs to be reset and must be established with the computer hoping to log into the system. This initial setup can take some time and establishing the connection can be tricky whereas linking into a wired system involves simply plugging the desired computer into the appropriate cable.

Speed

Similar to connectivity issues which may arise from connecting multiple devices to the same wireless network, the speed of the computers will also suffer. Having multiple devices draining from the same source, slows the productivity from each station whereas cabled components are individually pulling from the main source and therefore much faster results.

One of the most frustrating things to encounter is slow internet, especially when attempting to complete a necessary task. By utilizing the productivity of a wired network, one can avoid this shortfall from wireless accessibility.

The fact is, ethernet cabling is still better than wifi and many of the issues which were prevalent when first establishing systems and computers remain today. Although there have been advances to wireless networks including the aforementioned signal boosters which can assist in helping a wireless network reach the outskirts of a home or office building, running the actual cable and physically plugging into the system cannot be beat.

If you need assistance with determining which system would be appropriate for your home or office, including wired and wireless networks, or any other technical support, let the experts with Custom Network Solutions help you today. Their highly trained and professional staff will be quick to answer any questions you may have to get you or your business back on track and operating efficiently. Whether associated with computer speed, network design, internet related issues, computer repair or a variety of other related topics, their friendly and knowledgeable staff members are willing and ready to help. Contact us online or by phone at 720-726-9544 in order to get your technical questions answered today!