As we have already discussed, setting up a wired LAN for your office has a range of benefits. From security to the stability offered when streaming large amounts of data between computers, a wired LAN system still has its place in an office, and should you chose to install one for your business, there are a few things you should think about.
1. Is my business stable?
This has nothing to do with your business model or your products, but rather with the physical stability of your business. Are you planning on moving to new offices soon? Are you going to be expanding your business and hiring more people? Are you planning to do some remodelling in your current offices?
When planning on installing a wired LAN system, you will need to take these factors into account, as moving people around in the office, is not done quite as easily with a wireless system. Each of the computers needs to be connected by a physical wire, which needs to be installed to a certain point in order to connect with the computer.
If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, then you might want to hold off on installing a wired LAN, and use a wireless system in the meantime until your business is ready to make the commitment to a wired LAN.
2. What will I need to set up a wired LAN?
If you are contemplating setting up a wired LAN system, you might be wondering what it will cost you to get something up and running which will practically serve you and your staff. The answer is one that might come as a pleasant surprise. Not much at all.
Most operating systems have networking capabilities built in, which means that if you have a relatively new PC or laptop you should be able to create a network without too much fuss. Aside from computers, you will obviously also need cables as well. Depending on the size of your network, you can get away with something as simple as linking two computers together with a single cable. For larger setups, however, you will need to invest in some additional routers and Ethernet cables.
Because your business is unique, your requirements will differ from those of others, and an expert in installing wireless LAN systems will be able to help you get the job done.
3. What makes a wired LAN better than a wireless system?
While there are many arguments to be made for both a wireless and a wired system, the greatest advantage of having a wired LAN system is the security it provides. If your company deals with sensitive data, chances are that you will want to hide it from prying eyes. Unless someone has direct access to plug their device into one of your cables, you can rest assured you company data will be safe. Some other advantages to installing a wired LAN include:
- Wired systems to be faster than wireless systems
- Wired LAN systems are more reliable and generally has less faults
- You will be able to put connections in places that wireless systems could not reach due to thick walls or metal partitions
- You can be sure that there will not be interference from other devices in your wired LAN system
As you can see, there is nothing too complex or expensive about installing a simple wired LAN system for your home of office. Although a bigger, more complicated system might pose a few more challenges, the advantages of installing a wired LAN system are well worth thinking about.