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Published on January 2nd, 2014 | by John I.

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Is wired internet still relevant?

For new homeowners, the choice between a wired and wireless internet network is often seems obvious. Wireless connectivity has exploded in popularity over the last few years thanks to increased usage of portable devices like laptops, tablets and mobile phones, it is easy to make one’s home a digital palace. This begs the question: has the convenience of wireless internet made wired connections a thing of the past?

Connecting your house to a wireless network has become incredibly easy. Once your modem is installed, every room has access to the internet without the need for wires. As long as you are connected to the right network and have the correct password, you can browse the net from the office, kitchen and even garden if you choose to. However, this convenience comes at a price. Signal strength can deteriorate dramatically the further away from the router you are. If you have a particular large house, or one that spans multiple floors, you may experience poor speeds and connectivity issues.

While the speed of wireless has improved over the years, a wired connected is still superior. Cables need to lead from a modem or router and connect to the Ethernet port on your computer. While the prospect of laying cables around the house and drilling through walls can be off-putting, it’s actually an easier process than you’d think.  On top of proving specialist electronic components like capacitors and resistors, Rapid sells Ethernet computer cables you can use to set up a seedy network. Measure the distance between your computer and modem so you don’t end up with reams of extra cable that you don’t need.

Wired connections are also less prone to security issues. Because your network’s signal isn’t advertised to the word, you don’t have to worry about people gaining unauthorised access to it, or leeching off your allocated bandwidth.

In the end, the best compromise is a network that uses both connection types. Your laptop and mobile devices can connect to the wireless signal, and your desktop computer can be plugged into a stable wired connection. To read more about the advantages, make sure you read this Tech Channel article.



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