Wired Vs Wireless

For my money, I am a fan of going wired when it comes to networking. But I must ask, is going wired better than wireless in your mind? There are certainly obvious advantages to each option. I tend to lean one direction over the other myself.

Take the security aspect. Going wired is simply more secure, period. But wireless can often times be cheaper and generally more convenient in the long term.

Another point is new construction vs old construction. In old construction, going wireless is almost always preferred as it means not having to run cable yourself. Yet if you are remodeling or building from scratch, there is something to be said with having your rooms hardwired as a real benefit.

Hotels vs homes, offices vs fluid workspaces, the possibilities and needs are endless. While this is simply a topic I thought might be interesting to discuss, I would still be interested in hearing your perspectives. Hit the comments, share your experiences.

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  • http://smallbusinesscomputerconsulting.com Small Business Computer Consulting Blog

    I think it’s really important for anyone using wireless to be mindful of the security issues. I wouldn’t say that, particularly for business users, going entirely wireless is a great idea, for security reasons but also just for reliability’s sake. I think it’s important if you rely heavily on computers for doing business that you have multiple connection options; it’s inevitable that at some point you’re going to at some point have some sort of outage – with wireless or wired. Thus, a lot of business in particular should have both (and if you are a home user that relies heavily on your computer, you should think about that as well) just in case of an outage or a malfunction so you don’t lose productivity and valuable hours.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/theoracle/ the oracle

    I would always go wired over wireless whenever possible. Having a signal out in the open, just waiting for the wrong people to drive by makes me very nervous. When I read about the wireless problems at TJMaxx and Marshall’s, I was amazed that these places actually had an IT department. They might as well have been a few 15 year olds from the neighborhood getting paid to show off what they learned in class.

    I have never done a networking job for ANY business that was wireless without having the owner sign a statement acknowledging that I would be blameless for anything lost due to a choice of using wireless connections.

    Beyond security, there are the problems of speed and interference – what a pain. Gigabit NICs are cheap, and gigabit routers are not that expensive, and when you’re in business you usually have access to run wires. Wireless, in my opinion, is for casual users who have lots of time, and aren’t communicating anything of importance.

    For apartment dwellers, or people who have houses that are untouchable, powerline is still better than wireless, and so again, wireless is about my 5th choice in a field of 4.

  • Mike Nelson

    My house is wired, including workbench. Much faster than wireless anyway most of the time.

  • eric_s

    Tethered vs. free – depends on your need to be “every where” as opposed to your need for security. For any monitary transaction, go wired-end of story. Email isn’t “secure” so wireless is OK. For new construction – wire every room and have a linked access point – covered both ways.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/tomfarley Tom Farley

    I’ve gone wireless at home because of the convenience. I didn’t want to run wire through the existing walls. On the other hand, when I remodeled part of my home I ran wire (phone, data and cable). The remodeled room is our new living room. I plan to make this area our “media” room, so I want to go wired for the speed.

    That’s my take and I’m sticking to it.

  • Jim Rossi

    I have two desktops wired, and one wireless.
    My children use wireless laptops whenever they visit.
    I feel more secure with the wired connection, but enjoy the wireless option. Sometimes the wireless machine tries to connect to other networks active in my neighborhood. That’s a security issue. Also, whenever my wife picked up the cordless 2.4 GHz telephone, it would wipe out all the wireless connections. I ended up buying a new 5.8 Ghz cordless telephone to solve the problem.
    On another wireless note that demonstrates interference. I have three infrared detectors on the outside of my house. They are wireless and sound an alert inside the house whenever someone approaches. For some unknown reason, whenever they detect movement, my Ford SUV’s headlights blink. The frequency must be close to the keyless entry on the vehicle.
    Wireless is great, but requires more caution.

  • Francais

    Matt, I’m 110 percent with you on this one; wired is the better option.
    Besides the obvious security advantages, albeit “Ratatouille” and his buds might just tap into your cables, being wired, after the initial effort of laying your cables, is hassle free. Never encountered any strange interference, signal loss, connectivity loss on my wired nets. Not so with my wireless expereinces, which remain too iffy for me. Have wire, will travel!

  • http://www.ubuntuforums.org exneo

    Well for hotels they should go wireless because they can serve all there customers anywhere in the hotel, but they should have an internal wired network for customers. They need to keep it under lock and key. Cause any haxor could pop out a flash drive and copy the data base. For personal use if you only have desktops than sure wired rocks! If you have laptops heavy encryption like 20 charecters and switch it monthly so brute forcers can’t get you.

  • Aaron

    I’m mostly of the same opinion as you on this subject. If wires are there or easy to put in, use them over wireless, hands down. If you need to cut open drywall to run wires, go wireless. If you want to be mobile, of course use wireless as well.
    Wireless should only be used out of convenience.

    When building a new house, ALWAYS get the wires put in, it’s so cheap and provides a much faster/secure connection.

  • Dee101

    I’m with you, too. For reliability and security, wired trumps wireless … particularly in business.
    Proper attention to security makes wireless a good option for many settings, however. It is great for internet connection-sharing in environments where infrastructure makes cabling difficult (ie apartments or other rental property with restructions on modification). Where security permits, it is a strong option in cubicle environments, that are subject to restructure. It is good where laptops are prevalent, as they move about.
    Wireless is, with the newer G+ and N, becoming faster and more reliable for weightier use and, with WPA2, security is ramping up.
    All positives aside, I’d still opt for wired in static structural environments.

  • Delfairen

    I think you’re asking the wrong crowd. I suspect almost everyone who has worked in any form of support for the past few years will remember the appalling and temperamental 802.11b. We’ve also support unreliable and sometimes incompatible wireless network cards.

    If you ask the general public I’m betting that the immediate and un-thought about answer would be wireless.

    2 reasons I can see for this are convience and second is there is no mention of security on routers websites… Yes its under-education with regards network security that is driving the massive adoption of wireless over wired.

    Personally I run giga-bit through out the house and I am very happy with this.

  • Wayne

    Wireless is where it’s at, unless you have more money than you can spend as it sounds like these fellows have, so keep dragin that wire around.