Wireless vs Wired Internet Connectivity

There’s wireless everywhere these days, whether it’s wireless in a coffee shop, wireless in your home, and you can even tether your phone to create a WiFi hotspot. And even your phone works off a type of WiFi aswell, or at least the type of radio signals used within telephone networks is similar to WiFi. And even Bluetooth, a PAN network (personal area network) is somewhat based on the same principle as WiFi.

So with WiFi everywhere you really have to wonder “hmm… is wireless really that much better than wired?” and to put it simply it really depends on what you are doing. If you’re deciding on whether to go wired or wireless, there’s no definitive answer other than, if you’re going to be moving around a lot then you’ll want to go with wireless.

As you know wireless literally is wireless, you can actually use the device without wires to connect to the internet and then the only wires that are really needed are the likes of chargers and other power supplies that may be required, other than that wireless internet really is as it says on the label wireless. Which is pretty good as I said if you’re travelling or just want to use internet on the go.

So wired also does have it’s advantages and we’ll be going through exactly what the advantages are of wired. So for example in my room I have a desktop computer and I also have a laptop computer. The laptop computer obviously runs on wireless as well as wired I suppose, if I really wanted to I could connect it through ethernet or even dial-up. However the desktop is primarily wired and this is due mostly to speed, reliability and the strength of the connection.

Wired is typically much faster than wireless, however of course there are some limitations to this speed, usually due to how much bandwidth the router or hub will allocate ethernet devices but typically it’s a much more reliable connection. Another advantage of ethernet is that there is typically no interference whatsoever, which can be a major problem with wireless. For example if your microwave interferes with your WiFi, which it can, then you’ll typically have to switch WiFi channels, channel 1 to channel 11 which is just a royal pain.

So overall then there’s still no definitive answer, but wireless is your best bet if you’re travelling or you just want one less wire in your setup!