Wireless has taken over our lives and minds to such an extent some are confused as to the need for a cabling network all together. It is true wireless has made many connections simpler, allowing us to be mobile, free from a specific workstation. But does that correlate with the end of wired connections? Let’s look at the state of structured wiring alongside wireless connections.
While the use of wireless connection is growing steadily, the networks’ infrastructure starts with a wired network. Wired and wireless can and should coexist peacefully, allowing us to benefit from the advantages each has to offer.
A wired network is faster and more reliable than a wireless one. This is true for both Ethernet and coaxial cabling. Wireless has limitations. There is so much you can stream simultaneously.
Aside from freeing bandwidth, signal and video quality are still much better on a wired network. So pick between convenience and quality. Or better yet, make sure to have both structured wiring and wireless connection at our home.
Wireless connections allow us to freely move around with our devices. They eliminate wire clutter altogether simply with the lack of wires. They are available in places wired connections may not be. Wireless systems allow for smart home remote operation (appliances, climate, security system and lighting). Wireless is the new connection and it allows us to enjoy new technologies that cannot exist otherwise. At least not in the way they do.
Wireless AND Wired
The best solution is a combo wireless and structured wiring. it is a way to enjoy both world, and maximize use on both.
Here’s an example – Since streaming video takes the most bandwidth, it is smart and practical to hard wire what you can. Televisions, desktop computers, video game consoles, entertainment hubs and other stationary devices should be wired with Cat5e, Cat6 or Coaxial cable as needed. When possible, use HDMI cables. Setting up all these wired connections, frees up bandwidth for other devices to stream wirelessly.
With an average of over 5 mobile devices per household, not to mention VoIP phone services, video calls, etc. you’ll need as much free bandwidth as possible.