Wired VS Wireless Network

The question is not wired vs wireless network, but rather what you should wire that you should be concerned with. That’s because the best home networks use both wired and wireless networking methods. Although WiFi make things more convenient, it does not mean everything in your home should be using a wireless connection. To put things into perspective, wired connections offer higher bandwidth, less latency and more speed than a wireless connection does. For this reason, you should always use a combination of the two methods. 

For those who are spending more time at home (working remotely), it might be worth connecting your work computer, smart TV, cable box, and other hardwired devices straight to your home network rather than using WiFi for everything. Because when you do, you increase your bandwidth substantially, which means one thing… faster internet speeds. Although you probably won’t be connecting an Ethernet cable to your smartphone any time soon, it’s worth running Ethernet cables to the devices that matter. With this in mind, we offer a few tips on how to build the best home network.

When To Use A Wired Connection

When you need a connection that requires maximum speeds as well as stability, that connection should be always be wired. Some examples include cable and satellite boxes, security cameras, Apple TVs, Smart TVs, gaming PCs, gaming consoles and devices used for high quality entertainment like 4K video streaming. Additionally, when your connection requires low latency (lag), it should always be wired.

The best way to remember what you should wire: if the device has an Ethernet port, use it. But when doing so, do not forget to turn off the WiFi connection to the wired device. At the most basic level, getting the most speed out of a wired home network relies on three things: the router’s speed, the capabilities of the device that is using the data and, of course, the Ethernet cable’s data-carrying capacity.

When To Use A Wireless Connection

Obviously, no one’s connecting their smartphones to the Ethernet, so for mobile devices, WiFi is the clear choice. Remember, if the device does not offer an Ethernet port, you’ll being using WiFi. That being said, because a wireless connection is subject to a lot more interference than a wired connection, there are a few things to consider if you want the best home network.

Things such as the layout of your home, objects blocking the signal, interference from electrical devices or your neighbors wireless networks are all these things that contribute to a wireless connection being generally less reliable. For this reason, when building your home network start with a plan. To help you get started, read our article on home network design.

San Diego Home Network Installation

You’re already paying your internet provider for a fast connection. So, it only makes sense to have network equipment that can deliver it. Our San Diego home network installation services are comprehensive in that we will come out free of charge to assess your current home network. Once we do, we will evaluate the solutions that are right for your needs and budget. And, we’ll get you up and running quickly! Contact us at (760) 505-7461 to book your appointment and ask about same day service.