With the impressive development of technology, the majority of people have access to the internet. The demand for faster internet has increased with the greater demand to watch Netflix, TikTok, BBC iPlayer, make video calls and more all through internet. Whether it’s at home, work or on holiday networks rely on wired technology or wireless technology.
Cable Solution vs Wireless Bridge Solution: What is Fibre?
The latest technology for wired networks is Fibre Optic Cable.
Fibre optic technology is an effective cable–based communication system. It is reliable, versatile, and widely used in many applications and industries. Optical fibrecabling is used to transfer information via pulses of light, which pass along one or more transparent plastic or glass pipes.
Wired networks perform better than wireless networks. This is due to less interference than a wireless network would typically encounter. Having a wired network allow for a more stable network overall. We highly recommend installing a wired network for any critical machines such as servers and routers. This will avoid any service disruption that is typically caused with wireless networks.
Wired networks are more secure than wireless networks. This is due to the fact that your network is only accessible with a physical cable connection. With wireless networks, the Wi-Fi signal is broadcasted outside of the building, leaving it open to the public and potential hackers.
Cable Solution vs Wireless Bridge Solution: What is Wireless?
Wireless network is a network set up by using radio signal frequency to communicate among computers and other network devices. Sometimes it is also referred to WiFi network or WLAN. This network is getting popular nowadays with the feature of easy setup and no cabling involvement. In networking, a bridge joins two networks so that the networks can communicate with each other and serve as a single network.
As a general rule of thumb, wireless networks perform worse than wired networks due to factors such as signal range, number of connected devices, furniture and building features such as pipework. However, Wi-Fi networks are improving in their capability with modern advancements such as 802.11ax.
A wireless network is less secure than a wired network. Wireless networks must be secured correctly as accessing a wireless network can be done discreetly and does not require physical access to a building. Wireless networks can be secured to prevent malicious attacks with an advanced authentication process such as enterprise WPA2 with 802.1X.
Theoretically, the wireless network can transmit data at the same speed as fibre optical cable. Practically, fibre optical cable can achieve higher maximum speed. When network becomes congested, the more users at one time who surf the Internet and share the same bandwidth, the more crowded and slower the wireless network will become. A wired Ethernet connection can notionally offer up to 10Gb/s if you have a Cat6 Ethernet cable. The exact maximum speed of your Ethernet cable depends on the type of Ethernet cable you are using.
Furthermore, the signal strength of wireless can be weakened over long distance. Fibre optic wire can convey a clear signal much farther. Take single mode fibre of wired network as an example, it is applied for wide-range data applications and commonly used in carrier networks, PONs, and MANs. In general, wired network offers quicker speed and longer distance transmission without interference and is more reliable than WiFi. The wireless signals are also attuned by the barriers such as walls, doors, and devices itself. The setup of the wireless technology is difficult maintain. Hence it an unstable network.
To install a fibre network, it can be time consuming and quite complicated. Depending on the business environment and other variables, the process of installation of fibre network usually takes on average 200 units a month and the rest of the headaches are all covered by us. This is treated as a capex invested as the ducting and the cables are set in the ground and not going anywhere, you can think of them must like your telephone lines. When effectively designed the fibre network can easily be extended to take in consideration of growth and an increase of units. It is worth considering structured cabling at the planning stage of new sites as the same trenches can be used for the fibre cable as the gas and water pipes. On the other hand, installing Microwave Fixed Wireless Internet only takes days and requires fewer resources.
We recommend using a wired network wherever possible. Devices such as smartphones and some laptops do not have the ability to be connected to your network with a cable. If this is the case, then an obvious wireless connection is the only possible solution. The benefits of having a wired network massively outweigh having a wireless network. Furthermore, it is indeed possible to have a mixed network that is converges both wired and wireless devices to fully maximise business productivity, performance and reliability.