We do things differently today than we did 10 years ago. We cut cords and stream content over the internet. We access software applications from a cloud instead of using programs installed on our computers. We use our business networks to access files online and log into applications. And, we use that same network to make phone calls, send instant messages, read voicemail transcripts, or listen to emails being read to us through smartphone headsets.
It only makes sense that with all this new technology, wireless networks are the latest and greatest means to keep everything and everybody connected. That means wired networks must be outdated and fading away. Right?
Not necessarily. Wired connections in an office network simply do some things better than wireless connections.
First, speed. Generally, wired connections offer faster overall speeds, especially when transferring large files within the business, as well as between on-premise users and external sites. The lower speeds in a wireless network can be slowed even more when the distance between the computer and the onsite office network router increases or thick walls decrease signal strength.
Second, security. Wireless networks are forced to rely on anti-hacking software and accompanying passwords to prevent loss of data to intruders. Your business relies on information in the form of digitized documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Passwords can leak and data can be stolen.
Third, bandwidth robbery. Bandwidth robbery is another wireless security issue. When a stranger gains access to your wireless network, you could find yourself paying for bandwidth that an outsider nearby is using.
Wireless has benefits. On the other hand, there are very good reasons to opt for a wireless network. Businesses expand and need to accommodate new or temporary workers in unused or temporary office space. When this is the case, it’s often less expensive and faster to build a wireless network than to install new cabling and distribution systems. And because today’s workers opt to use smartphones, laptops, and tablets as their primary data devices, a demand is created for wireless connections to business networks, as well as online services and applications.
There’s no doubt that wireless connections are here to stay. But for speed and security, a cabled connection remains the best choice.
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