Pros and Cons Of Wireless Networks
COVID-19 has changed the way business is conducted worldwide. Whether you’re now working remotely or still in a regular 9-5 office, the kind of computer network you use affects how you access data and applications. If the latest trends are anything to go by, most people here in San Francisco are cutting out wires altogether in favor of flexibility and mobility.
Despite these changes, many are skeptical about the risks associated with going wireless, such as security and functionality. A wireless network uses radio waves as opposed to its cabled alternative.
If you’re one of those, stick around as we break down the pros and cons of Wireless Networks below:
What Are The Advantages of Using Wireless Networks
Generally, the costs of installing wireless networks are much less. Corded networks involve the purchase of massive cables, which is not only cumbersome but also expensive. Installation is also easy as it doesn’t require complex Ethernet cable connections to each device.
With wireless networks, employees can work away from the office and still have access to central servers and customer data. Even in times of recent lockdowns and business changes brought about by COVID-19, your employees can still collaborate efficiently and work from a commonplace. To build on flexibility, wireless networks allow you to connect to various devices such as TV, VoIP, Bluetooth, and many others.
As the name goes, wireless networks do not require wires and cables to relay signals. Employees can easily access documents even on the move, with zero hassles. Likewise, your office appears neat and tidy without cables running all over the place. Additionally, changing your office location is just as easy as picking up your devices and moving, as opposed to bringing down cable structures and going to set them up in your new location.
Most people prefer to work remotely in cafes, trains, and hotels. Installing a wireless network in your business premises can guarantee you new and regular customers, better sales, and overall better customer satisfaction.
Also, some buildings have limitations to cabling, so wireless networks will ensure you don’t get into trouble with your landlord.
What Are The Disadvantages of Using Wireless Networks
Wireless networks are quite flexible and convenient, but that can sometimes come at a price. The main concerns include:
Generally, compared to wired networks, wireless networks are more open to attacks from unauthorized users since communication signals are through radio waves thus not as secure. You will need to properly secure your networks with up-to-date encryption to ward off hackers who use scanners to access data and your network service.
With wireless networks, all available networks are usually visible to others, the general quality of performance may be affected by obstructions and connectivity interferences. Walls, for instance, can block signal transmission. If a mobile worker changes location, the strength of the signal is bound to vary as well. The amount of latency is therefore subject to inconsistencies, unlike wired networks.
In general, wireless networks are considered slower than wired when it comes to data transmission speeds. You can opt for a hybrid solution that combines both wired and wireless transmission.
If you prefer mobility, ease of use, cheaper installation costs, and the latest technology, going for wireless networks is the way to go. On the other hand, if you require maximum security, high-speed performance, and are least worried about mobility, a wired network may be your go-to option. For questions, in-depth and informative articles, sign up to our website or contact us for all your IT installation and upgrading needs today.