Companies are becoming more mobile and flexible than ever, relying on the power of their technologies and networks to keep up with the changing tides of commerce. With all of our reliance on data and connectivity, have you considered whether your current network is fulfilling your company's needs?
When it comes to setting up a network, you have two basic options: wireless or wired. Both have advantages and disadvantages, and it's important to consider the pros and cons against your business needs. In the wi-fi versus ethernet debate, there are many things to consider.
Pros and Cons of Wired Networks
Wired networks boast the considerable advantages of speed and security, making them an attractive choice for businesses.
Wired networks tend to be more secure because accessing them is more complicated, and although there's no such thing as an entirely secure network, wired offers some peace of mind. Regarding speed, a wired connection can still usually beat a wireless connection, although wireless is catching up.
There are drawbacks to the wired approach, however. Simply put, no one likes wires—they're inconvenient and costly. With a wired network, you are signing up for a tangle of cords under every desk and the hassle of staying plugged in to work.
Pros and Cons of Wireless Networks
On the other end of the spectrum, wireless networks are popular for convenience and cost-effectiveness. Wireless networks keep your office free of cluttering cords and make it easier to connect to your network.
Wireless networks are also easier to use with the many devices professionals use today, such as tablets and smartphones. Wireless networks are popular options for businesses who want to provide Wi-Fi access to clients, customers, or mobile workers.
Wireless networks are less secure, however—as is often the case with a more convenient solution. Also, Wi-Fi signals are can be weak in large buildings.
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