In the last year’s wireless technology has taken over cabling networks, as we tend to favor a wire-free house and office. While cables are becoming obsolete, people think that wireless connections are just as strong as structured cabling systems. Unfortunately, this can’t be more false! A wireless connection can’t compete with a cable network in terms of performance. With the data demands increasing, the amount of bandwidth needed for one mobile device has increased significantly in the last years. Here are the pros and cons of each system, to help you choose the best one for your office or home.
When you think of the wireless technology it’s easy to believe that cables will soon become obsolete, yet the physical limitations of wireless systems might prevent this from happening for some time. Structured Cabling can’t be replaced by wireless, as the latter are limited when it comes to speed. Radio spectrum is not unlimited and there are many frequencies reserved for TV and other technologies, which limit the amount of space available for wireless connections.
The sheer number of gadgets which can only connect to wireless is also limiting the speed available for each one. At the same time, while all public places provide wireless connections, few it any provide cable connections. This means that connecting to a physical cable is going to come with a higher speed.
Planning and managing a wireless network
The bandwidth available in a wireless network is shared between the users connected to that network. Which means the available speed of a network is calculated per cell, not per user. In order to plan a wireless network you need to know how many people will use that network and at what times. Planning a wireless network also includes planning access ports in the right places. Bottom all, you will need structured cabling in order to travel to an access point as close as possible to the user.
Many companies realized that wireless networks alone can easily be rendered unusable when too many people connect to it at the exact same time. To solve this problem, a medium sized office needs to implement a combo of wireless and structured cabling network, which can provide enough bandwidth to all the users.
This balance achieved by a mix of wireless and wire network is best for supporting the high demands of today’s digital medium. As the apps and software develop and become more complex day by day, they require a stronger, larger network, able to support these needs.
Mobile networks alone demand more bandwidth than most infrastructures can support, so adding a fiber cable in the mix can enhance the power of the network. The speed can also increase, allowing larger amounts of data to be shared between different networks.
All in one, to get the best result from your data infrastructure you should use a mix of wireless and structured cabling system, which can support multiple heavy users without hitting a bottle neck.