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Tech Showdown: Wired vs. Wireless Connection

 

When it comes to getting your house or your office online, there are a couple different ways to get into the web. Either a wireless or wired internet connection may be better suited for you than the other. Learn the key differences, advantages and critical features of each before flipping the on switch.

 

Tech Showdown: Wired vs. Wireless Connection - Sears

Wireless

Wired

Connection Security

Less secureMore secure

Speed

54Mbps100Mbps

Number of Users

As many as allowedOnly as many as cords available

Reach

Entire home or businessDependent on cable length

Device Compatibility

Nearly universalMust have Ethernet port

Mobility

Highly mobileImmobile

Wireless

 

Advantages of Wireless

  • Mobility - Without the need for a wired connection, you're free to move anywhere within range of the wireless router and maintain a connection.
  • Device compatibility - As long as a device is wireless-ready, it can connect to the internet.
  • Number of users - You can have as many users as there are devices within the range of the network.
 

 

Wireless router for accessing the internet

Limitations of Wireless

  • Speed - Although wireless internet has come a long way, they are still not as fast as a wired connection.
  • Limited capacity - If you have too many people on the network at once, it can bog down the connection and everyone's speed will slow.
  • Less secure - Although there are a variety of security options, it's more difficult to control who is using a wireless connection, especially when it comes to devices like smartphones and tablets.

 
 
 

Wired

 

Wired internet router

Advantages of Wired

  • Speed - Wired connections offer much higher download speeds for large amounts of data.
  • Better security - Since you need an Ethernet cord to connect, you'll know exactly who will have access to your network.
  • No interference issues - A wireless connection can be slow in certain areas of your home or office where the signal gets blocked. With a wired connection, this is never an issue.
 

 

Limitations of Wired

  • No mobility - Your position is limited to the length of your Ethernet cable.
  • Demanding to install - Installing a wired connection throughout an entire office or home might take a lot of cable, and may also require you to drill through walls to add wires. 
  • Limited compatibility - In order to access the internet, a device will have to have an Ethernet port. Most smartphones and tablets can't access the network this way.
 
 
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