What Are The Benefits Of Using Data Cabling Rather Than A Wireless Network?

What are the benefits of using data cabling rather than a wireless network?


Sarah Haines

As wireless networking becomes more common more devices are being built enabled for wireless connectivity. Where it was once the only industry standard, where does this leave traditional physical

data cabling

? Should you go wireless?

Due to the flexibility of wireless networking it can be advantageous, but dont think that means that there are no benefits to data cabling.


If security is important to you data cabling is the way to go. Gaining unauthorized access to a wireless network is far easier. While security precautions such as password protection can be set, the very nature of wireless puts it a disadvantage in this regard.

A frustration wireless users can experience is interference which can occur when your network picks up a signal from other radio sources. This is far less likely to happen with well installed cable networks.

Another of physical cablings greatest assets is its consistent connection. This contrasts to wireless networks where it is common for there to be lapses in signal. Even a very short lapse can cause issues with data transfer and can be highly problematic. Short breaks in connection can interfere with transfer rates and also damage files. There are few things worse than waiting hours for a large file to transfer, only to find that you cant open it because your connection dipped out for a moment half way through. A physical network will eliminate this sort of issue.

You can expect higher speeds from a cabled network than a wireless network. You can achieve speeds of up to 10 gigabits with modern data cables. Fiber optic cabling transmits light instead of regular data information, making it the best option for high speed data transfer and extended ranges.

Where wireless networking really comes into its own is in mobility. Without wires a portable device can be taken literally anywhere. The only real limitation is that you need to be in range of the transceiver.

When you want to expand your network using cables it is nice and easy. All you need to do is add a hub to the existing network and then running a cable to the new hub. You will be able to run around 250 machines from a single hub or router.

So while wireless has its perks there is still a lot to be said for network cables. It provides a much more reliable service and offers far more secure data transfer over the sometimes-temperamental wireless alternative.

Sarah Haines enjoys writing articles on a variety of topics effecting UK businesses. One particularly hot topic at the moment is the debate regarding wireless technology versus

data cabling

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