Tech Showdown: Wired vs. Wireless Connection - Sears
|Less secure||More secure|
Number of Users
|As many as allowed||Only as many as cords available|
|Entire home or business||Dependent on cable length|
|Nearly universal||Must have Ethernet port|
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.
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.
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.