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Network Connection: Wired or Wireless?

by: Ailene B. Misa | 06 Feb, 2010 17:19:09

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Maybe you are on the stage of planning to build a network connection for your home or for small business office.  In this article, we will try to examine the two available options that you can use the wired and wireless networking.  We will try to identify the pros and cons of each option.

Let me discuss first the wired connection.

This is the oldest network connection in computing technology.  We called it wired network because it uses wire or what we called LAN cable usually a CAT5 cable. At present, we still consider wired network as the most established and dependable form of network connection. 

This is advisable to use if you have enough space for your cables location.  With this, you can have a guarantee that you send and receive information swiftly.  It is seen as more secured connection since it cannot allow any computer to automatically be connected in your network not unless they were given a chance to be connected to one of your network cable.  There is a guarantee that it can send reliable signal over wires in a controlled spot. 

The performance of your network connection is not affected with the wall, distance and weather conditions.  Regardless you can be secured to have a 100Mbps connection.  This is why it is commonly used for traditional file sharing and data transfer.

When it comes to cost, wired network is cheaper.  However replacing the broken network wire can be a little bit expensive if it was designed to be put inside the ceiling, floor or walls.  The layout of your wire cables should be accessible in every part of your house or office.

Next is wireless connection.

Wireless network suggests many advantages.  It is known because of its portability.  You can take your laptop or mobile phone to any part of the house or office as long as you can receive network signals.

One of its advantage is it appearance.  Compared to wired network, wireless is not messy.  You don’t have to worry about broken or wobbly network cable.

On the other hand, there are disadvantages of having wireless network connection.  The performance of wireless connection can be affected with wall or divider on your area, walls and sometimes even with some existing wireless connection.

If your office is surronded with this walls or floorings, there is a high possiblity that you cannot access the network or have an intermittent connection.  The wall or floor blocks the signal for good transmission of data.  This is why most manufacturer of wireless device are working this issue on how to further improve wireless connectivity.

Security is not a big issue in wireless network.  Administrator should use WEP key for the router and even to the computer unit.  Through this, only computers with WEP key will be allowed to access the network. 

In case you failed to indicate WEP key, problems may start arising from the speed of your network connection to security.

After knowing the advantage and disadvantages of both network connection you can already start installing your own network. 

Ask yourself this question.  Which network connection will suit on the architechture of your place?  Make you sure to plan it well.

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If someone will ask me what to use, I chose both tecnology. Hybrid computer network is iniveatable nowadays, both system has it's pros and cons, but take inro condideration, that they have thier strong points and week points, but both has specific application, only the medium is different.

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