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WIRED VS. WIRELESS NETWORKS FOR BUSINESSES
Our world is increasingly going wireless, and business is no exception. With advancements in IT, both wired and wireless networks carry advantages and disadvantages for businesses small and large.
Pros & Cons of Wired Networks
- Control and Security
Wired networks’ security is superior to that of wireless networks. It is harder for cyber attackers to connect and break into a wired network, as they have limited connections to access the network unless they are physically on the premise leaving the internet as the only route to the local network.
Speeds with wired networks tend to be quite a bit faster than wireless networks, as they are less likely to be affected by walls, other devices, and other forms of interference.
- Cable Clutter
The fact of the matter is that wired networks need wires, and with more and more devices, you need more cables. Without proper cable management, you could find yourself in an office cluttered with cables, which can even become a hazard if not carefully installed.
With a wired network, your employees are limited to access wherever there is a cable and port available. So, if your employees need to have a meeting in one office, there may be limited cables and ports, and therefore not all of them will be able to access files needed for the meeting. Also tablets and smart phones generally don’t have the Ethernet connection needed to connect.
Pros & Cons of Wireless Networks
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies in the workplace are becoming more and more popular, and a wireless network more readily facilitates these policies than a wired network.
With a wireless network, your employees can access important files and information from anywhere in the office, so they can bring tablets and laptops into meetings and easily pull up reference documents to discuss.
Wireless networks are just neater since there are fewer wires to worry about, so your office will look more organized.
Both your bandwidth and your information tend to be more vulnerable with wireless networks versus their wired counterparts. With wireless networks, it is easier for unauthorized individuals to either hijack your signal to use it on their own Then they may access critical information, or cause legal trouble if they do anything illegal using your IP.
Wireless networks are more apt to be affected by outside interference, including walls, other devices, etc. As a result, wireless connectivity speeds tend to be slower than wired network speeds, which could cut down on your productivity.