Many consumers automatically choose wireless residential networking for the convenience of mobility, but there are a number of other factors that should be considered prior to making your final decision. Things like cost, security, ease of installation and a true measure of the mobility of your home PCs should be taken into account before the important decision is ultimately made.
In terms of mobility wireless networking obviously has an advantage over a hard wired network. But how often will that mobility be required to get full, regular use out of your PCs. If the majority of your PCs are of the desktop variety, then you might not have much of a need for the added mobility of a wireless network.
Despite vast improvements in technology in the last few years, a hardwired network still has the advantage in factors like cost, performance and security over a wireless network. Even with the cost of professional network cabling installation, a complete hardwired network is often still less expensive than the set up of a completely wireless networking system.
In environments where the majority of the PCs are portable, a combination of hardwired and wireless networking may be a cost effective solution. Contact a networking specialist to go over factors like cost of materials, type of equipment to be networked and basic home structure to determine the best networking solution for your home.
I’ve read five articles including this one for suggestions of benefits for a hard wire network and I see no real advantage. The only advantage I know about would be VoIP telephone service and even then that is becoming wireless with either blue tooth technology or standard wifi. I have purchased a couple of jacks to get my hard wire networking started but think I will contemplate returning it and just stick with wireless. I wanted to make sure that my game room and weight room has adequate internet connection for when I put webTV devices such as Roku but as far as I know, even those now-a-days are wireless