What do we mean by network connectivity?
Wired or Wireless
Wired networks require less maintenance because you are using physical
connections to move your data from point to point. You do not have to do any
configuration or upgrading of the physical connections once it is installed.
wiring should be good for over ten years once it is in place. If you use high
quality wiring in your installation it could last as long as twenty years, one
thing to consider is that any wiring that exits the living / work area, i.e. into
the attic or exterior walls it is subject to the extremes of the environment,
high and low temperature changes of the seasons.
Wired networks are expensive because the
wire has to be "pulled" throughout the building structure along with installing
the "node" wall plates for the connection to the computer, and has to have a
where all the wires are gathered in one place then connected to the switch or
hub which is in turn connected to the router.
Wireless networks have a higher requirement for software maintenance but do not
have the expense of wired networks.
With a wireless network you can easily move
from one place to another with out worrying about the cost of additional network
You can work from anywhere you can connect to the
network. The draw backs of a wireless networks are security and distance. Both
of these limitations can be overcome with some extra work and equipment.
When you set up
your wireless network ensure you are using the highest
encryption available, use
the most complex password and encryption
If you need to have your
wireless network extend past the normal range that the wireless switch provides
you can add on pieces of equipment that will boost the signal typically to twice
the normal range of about thirty feet.
Some of the newer wireless routers and
access points have the range booster already built in thus saving the expense
of buying the range booster equipment.
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Range or length limitations -
Both types of networks wired or wireless have a range or length limitations
that may be over come by using hardware to extend the range of the wireless RF signal or
length of the wire.
With wireless networks you can add a range booster.
With wired networks you can add a switch to boost the signal after approximately 100