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Should I use Wired or Wireless Network?
Posted by Gabriel Yu on 07 July 2009 02:58 AM

The answer for this will depend on individual circumstances and requirements. Both wired and wireless networks have their advantages and disadvantages. All the DrayTek routers with built-in WLAN support also have the 4-port switch - so you can use both wired and wireless connections in the same LAN.

The table below lists some of the advantages and disadvantages:

Wired connections:

AdvantagesDisadvantages

1000Mbps or 100Mbps speed with consistent connection quality

Not always convenient to run the cables through the house or office - particularly for rented premises

Switch connections provide guaranteed bandwidth on the LAN

Can be expensive if professional cable installation is required

Additional hardware (Switches) required if more than 4 computers are to be connected

Wireless connections:

AdvantagesDisadvantages

Convenience of being able to work anywhere is a huge plus for laptop/notebook users

Wireless connections are generally slower than wired connections since all the computers in the wireless LAN share the same connection (not switched). Performance drops as the number of attached wireless computers is increased

No cabling - suits people in rented premises

Subject to radio frequency interference which can result in lower signal quality

Quick and easy to set up for special events such as conferences; classrooms; exhibitions etc where a temporary solution is required

Security issues, because anyone within range can receive and transmit radio signals - i.e. join your LAN

802.11n will give network connection speeds comparable to the 100Mbps wired connection

Additional costs for WAP and wireless cards

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