Wireless network vs Wired network – which is best?

Network installation companies can install two common kinds of LANs, wired and wireless networks. Each installation setup has advantages and disadvantages. Which one would be the best choice for your company?

Wired networks

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ired networks can be called the traditional form of network installation and have been around for many years. The most common form of wired network is the Ethernet, which uses wired cables to connect computers (known as workstations) to a network server and other pieces of equipment (such as printer-copiers). Each piece of equipment connects through a network card.

The installation of a wired network can be very time consuming and costly, involving a team of cablers. Network cabling has to be hidden away behind trunking and connected to large cabinets that hold the network server and hub or switch box. This is the central magic box that connects all of the workstations together, sometimes called spaghetti junction because of its many cables.

Wireless networks

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ireless networks make use of radio waves rather than cables. They can be likened to cell phones, which are, in fact, part of a wireless network. The great advantage of a wireless installation is that there is no restriction at all from any network cabling. This means that if you want to move a workstation from one office to another, it can be done very easily. When network installation companies set up a wireless network in your office complex, you can access it from anywhere in the building. Most up-to-the-minute laptops and cell phones come equipped with wireless or Wi-Fi technology and can be used anywhere within the range of the access points in your network. Older desktop PCs may need to have a wireless card installed in the machine or can use a USB wireless stick. The advantages of a wireless network are:

  • There is no restriction from network cabling
  • There are no cables to install so installation is far quicker.
  • Workstations can be moved from one place to another easily.
  • When moving to a new office complex, the whole network can be moved without the need of any complex cabling.
  • It is easy to expand the network
  • Visitors with laptops can easily connect with the Internet through your network.

The technology for wireless networks is improving month by month. Wi-Fi is not only the most obvious choice of network for the office, but also for the home, enabling you to check your e-mails or work on the Internet from anywhere within range of an access point. Early security problems that came with wireless networks have now been largely overcome and are dealt with on a separate webpage. If you would like further information regarding wireless networks vs wired networks, contact us here.