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Wired vs. Wireless
By Erik Rodriguez This article describes various aspects and the pros and cons of using wired/wireless devices.

Introduction Wireless devices have been gaining popularity in recent years. Cellular phones and other wireless communication devices have driven demand for new wireless technology. While traditional wired solutions provide a sense or reliability, convenience has become a large part of consumers needs. We now have everything from blackberry units, to wi-fi enabled phones. However, marketing and media has played a large role in the consumers perspective of wireless devices. The information below is factual, and provides a non-biased evaluation of current wired and wireless technology.

Wired Technology Wired technology has been around for ages. It first became popular in the early 1900's with the introduction of the telephone network. The use of wired connections spawned the creation of other technologies like multiplexing and SONET. Remember that using physical wires means that electronic signals are being transmitted over a metal conductor. Currently, this is the most reliable way to transmitting/receiving data or voice on the planet. The Internet itself, transmits a large amount of data through fiber optic cabling but also employs a large amount of T1/T3 lines that run over standard copper wiring. For purposes of this article, "wired" refers to copper wiring and does not include fiber optic technologies. The table below portrays the pros and cons of wired technology.

Everyone knows the most common wireless technology: cellular phones. Some rural areas are still not wired for broadband Internet connections. microwaves. This forces users to subscribe to satellite access. Generally. the use of such technology usually comes at a significantly higher price. The table below portrays the pros and cons of wireless technology. such as shielded cable can be used to solve these problems. wired connections are not always realistic. electric motors. However." Although wire is susceptible to interference by loud machinery (A/C units. Using a group of wires (like a telephone or Ethernet cable) allows each conductor to handle a certain amount of information. Compared to wireless solutions.Pro's Reliable . as well as the cost of maintenance. wired is very cheap. Think of it like an automotive transmission. Wireless Technology Wireless isn't really a new technology. The equipment is generally cheaper. The military has been using "line of sight" micro-wave towers for decades. the more signal loss occurs and the signal travels down the wire. The telephone system operates using wired technology and provides a 99.999% uptime. However. copper wiring has a very long life expectancy. Shielded or armored wiring is used to protect against weather and other types of negative externalities. Ethernet cables can run a maximum of 100 meters before the signal needs to be boosted. The more gears you have. Wireless signals were fist used in transmitting AM and FM to television and radios in the early 1950's. This is also known as the the "five 9s of reliability. the great control you have over the speed of the automobile. This is why special cables have been developed to help preserve the strength of the signal.Not affected by other wireless signals (portable/cellular phones. etc) Con's Affected by moisture and other weather conditions Can be affected by noise generated by machinery and magnetics Length of wire runs limited Price (wire is cheap!) High Life Expectancy High Speed QoS (Quality of Service) Pro's For the most part. Remember that the longer the cable is. Speed is also a huge advantage of using wired connections. this technology has several problems. This can cause problems if you don't have an environment that allows this luxury. The QoS is excellent because wired connections eliminates the need for establishing an endto-end connection every time. . etc) various solutions. Con's On the negative side. wired technology is very reliable.

The range of wireless technology can be impressive. Wireless technology does not and probably never will operate in the five 9's of reliability. or check an important email before you walk out the door. wireless signals are affected more frequently. this becomes much easier with a wireless signal.affected by other wireless signals (portable/cellular phones. Remember that wire-tapping can be done. Wireless technology also has implications in regards to security. In comparison to wireless eventually getting old or corroded. Wireless speed is not even close to gigabit or 10 gigabit speeds that are attained using wires. this is a deceptive marketing scam. Con's On the negative side. Lastly. You do not have to worry about running wires in tight places. You may have trouble with signal strength from out-door antennas that may be adversely affected by temperature or humidity. These signals can be intercepted by simply being the range of a wireless signal. Another down-side to wi-fi is the price. Installing the equipment can be tricky depending on the environment. the quality of service is anything but effective. or obtaining low-voltage permits. microwaves. Speed and reliability will be never better with wireless signals that over the wire. However. wireless technology suffers easily from interference. this is a great advantage. While wired technologies suffer from this as well. While some wi-fi equipment producers claim they can transmit data at 108 Mbits/sec. it is my personal opinion that wireless technology be used as a last resort.Pro's Convenient Con's Un-reliable . Conclusion In conclusion. While the equipment you use may break (just as wired equipment would) the signals themselves never break. but you must have physical access to a wire. Other source of EM (electromagnetic radiation) can cause problems for wireless signals. Another problem is speed. High-end wireless equipment comes with a serious price tag. . wireless technology is very convenient. There is nothing more annoying than fighting with your wi-fi equipment because you suddenly lost your signal when you were trying to put in a last second bid on ebay. etc) Price Range High Life Expectancy Signals can be easily intercepted Speeds are much slower than wired QoS (Quality of Service) Pro's On the pro side. See the details in this article.