With the rise of wireless networking technology, more electronic devices are being built with this specifically in mind. What is the future for data cabling? Should you go wireless?
Due to the flexibility of wireless networking it can be advantageous, but data cabling still has plenty of key benefits.
If security is important to you data cabling is the way to go. Gaining unauthorized access to a wireless network is far easier. If you are on wireless you have controls like password protection, but it is still quite vulnerable.
Another big issue for wireless networks is interference from other radio sources. With the shielding on traditional data cabling this is very unlikely to happen.
You can expect to remain constantly connected to the network when data cabling is used. Wireless is prone to momentary lapses in signal, or interference from outside frequencies as mentioned above. This can prove highly inconvenient, especially while data transfer is being performed, potentially severing download connections. It can also affect data transfer rates and can lead to unacceptable corruption of files. Anyone who uses wireless regularly will be familiar with the experience of finding after a long download that the file has been corrupted. Cabling allows for a far more robust connection and eliminates these kind of worries.
High speeds are also a great function of physical cabling. You can achieve speeds of up to 10 gigabits with modern data cables. For the highest speeds consider fiber optic cabling which can also cover longer distances with a loss of speed.
Where wireless networking really comes into its own is in mobility. They offer excellent mobility, especially for portable devices, due to the fact that there are no physical wires to restrict their movement. However, users must always remain within range of a transceiver and must be directly connected to a cabling system to use data transfer possibilities.
It remains a fairly straight forward process to expand your network using cabling. All you need to do is add a hub to the existing network and then running a cable to the new hub. You can expect to run anything up to 255 devices from the same router or hub.
So while wireless has its perks there is still a lot to be said for network cables. Reliable, fast and secure it will take some serious advances in wireless technology to see traditional cables become obsolete.