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Wired vs. Wireless: What to Look For When Choosing a Network

From working in small spaces to large scale conference rooms, businesses have been integrating digital components and WiFi enabled devices into the office for years. By understanding the collaborative tools you’re using, the level of network security you have and your business’ intentions, you can determine whether a wired or wireless reliable network is best for you. Below are some things to consider when choosing a wired or wireless network, according to Lifewire.

  • Reliability: Hard wired local area networks (LAN) use advanced and up-to-date Ethernet cables, hubs, and switches to provide users with consistent and reliable connectivity. Wireless networks, on the other hand, have become multi-functional devices raising reliability concerns. Like any wireless device, newer models have improved for better reliability but have experienced signal interference from other home appliances.
  • Performance: Wired LANs offer a far superior performance than wireless LANs. Ethernet connection supports higher and faster bandwidth and are sufficient for multiple uses.
  • Security: It’s important to know what measures are supported on your network. Firewalls are the primary security consideration for any wired LAN. While Ethernet hubs and switches don’t support them, firewall software can be installed on computers for extra security. Wireless networks, on the other hand, have built-in firewall capability and utilize encryption standards to protect data. Yet, they are considered less secure than wired LANs due to wireless communication signals. Since the signals travel through the air, they can be easily intercepted and hacked wirelessly rather than in person.

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