Is A Wired Infrastructure Holding Your Company Back
25 years ago wired infrastructure was go-to technology. Homes and businesses had backbones of either Ethernet or copper, and later fiber optic cabling to support digital communications. All of this worked to a degree and are still in use today. But times change and according to Moore’s Law so does technology . Here, we look at how wireless technology may be a better architecturefor your business.
Why choose a Wireless Infrastructure?
A "wired" infrastructure refers to a system of wire-based communication technology, including telephone networks, cable television or internet access. Wired infrastructure can offer more reliability and stability over wireless networks and provide high speeds of transmission. For example Cat 6-e Ethernet connections can reach speeds up to 5 gigabits per second, while wireless connections transmit at about 1 gigabit per second. This often makes wired technologies the choice for arenas that depend on secure, fast, and reliable data.
Wired infrastructure is also more secure in many situations because connecting to them requires access to a wide array of network ports. For hackers to intrude, they need to physically connect to an unauthorized device. Wired technologies are also effective for companies doing business across the country or internationally. Here, wired systems are broadly used to establish and maintain connectivity over the miles.
Despite these pros, wired infrastructure has its limitations, especially as wireless technologies continue to advance. The biggest drawback is often surrounding the price point. The expenses of setting up wired infrastructure and then upgrading networks as demands increase can quickly add up.
These wires are often made of copper lines, which are always increasing in cost. In addition to the expense of the actual physical wires, other charges add up involving fees, pulling permits, zoning requirements, as well as underground trenching and installation. Then, once established, it takes more time, resources, and funds to increase coverage and capabilities, limiting a business’s ability to grow.
A wired infrastructure can have a number of additional issues:
Wired technology must be plugged into power outlets and network ports. This creates further challenges in aligning staff, equipment and office furnishings, and making moves down the road can call for additional cabling, outlets and structures. Ongoing configuring and reconfiguring may be needed.
Computers, cables, and additional wired components can all take up space. More square footage is needed to make enough room, requiring funds that could otherwise be used for investments and profits. At the same time, the need to physically connect can keep workers grounded to your space, eliminating options for working remotely or empowering sales staff on the road.
Finally, a hard wired installation presents challenges in keeping equipment safe and maintained. Cables can be damaged through everyday wear and tear of a work environment. They are at risk of electrical surges and brownouts and interruption. Because they run on power, environmental emergencies can halt operations.
A wireless infrastructure offers several features that counter these potential threats to operation, a primary factor being cost. Wireless systems can be upgraded at a fraction of the cost of wired solution. They also eliminate monthly charges and are flexible in their configuration without downtime and loss of productivity..
In addition, they provide greater propagation, flexibility when it comes to need and uptime. Increased reach of secure operations and total area of coverage, increasing integration speeds. Technological innovation is always improving in regard to speed and reliability, providing options for flexibility and scalability that a hard wired environment could not offer. Finally the cost factors are lower and ROI (Return on investment) increases .
If your wired infrastructure is holding you back, contact us. Let us show you the power of wireless technologies and how you can reach your business goals. Click here to contact us about your infrastructure