When setting up a new company or business today, one of the first infrastructure decisions to be made is how to set up the company’s network. And in the year 2022 many still doubt whether to rely on WiFi or continue using Ethernet cable. Let’s try to clear up some doubts about this.
Is WiFi all advantages?
Because WiFi has a big initial advantage. Setting it up requires less work; all we need to do is set up the antennas or access points that will allow us to cover the space of our office adequately and with the connection speed that will enable us to work quickly.
On the other hand, a wired connection will require us to bring the data cable connections to each workstation, which if the office is prepared with a technical floor that can be dismantled, it can be simple, but in a normal office, it can be a headache.
This headache can be transferred to the WiFi network if we have offices with a complicated architecture, especially thick walls that limit the passage of the connection, areas that are not well covered, or a saturation in the channels by other networks already generated that create interference in our network.
However, there is one issue that remains important for many organizations today. As a rule the transmission speed that we get through the Ethernet wired network is superior to that achieved through wireless connection. And above all it is much more reliable and secure. It is rare that we encounter connection problems once it is set up.
What type of equipment are we going to connect?
The companies that bet on WiFi connection usually work with portable equipment and generally in mobility. It is more rare, although it is also feasible, that companies working with conventional desktop computers go to a pure WiFi model.
In any case, if we already have desktop computers and when changing office we do not have a wired network and we are going to work via wireless network, it is easy to look for adapters that provide us with such connectivity.
What is important is that these WiFi adapters are not hidden in the back of the computer, under a table and a shelf, which will significantly reduce the quality of the connection. On a laptop there are no such drawbacks as they are usually on the desktop itself.
Are we going to use VoIP?
Many companies today work with VoIP PBXs, so each workstation already has a telephone to which a Ethernet cable runs. In these cases, it is already common to use the telephone itself as a bridge to carry data to our computer, with a UTP data cable connecting the two.
This has a great advantage, since we save having to carry two cables, one for telephone and one for data for each workstation. And a disadvantage, since if for any reason the telephone stops working, so will the Internet connection and the internal network of our computer.
The reality is that the use of the telephone is a limitation if you need to have a fixed telephone at each workstation. But it also depends on the operator we have contracted or whether or not we have a physical PBX or use a virtual PBX. Some operators provide a fixed telephone, but with a SIM card, so the wired connection is no longer necessary.
A hybrid model that gives us flexibility
The interesting thing is to carry out a preliminary study. Sit down and review which workstations need a wired infrastructure, where it is easier to locate them or which ones can work perfectly well through a WiFi connection.
If we do it well we can save a lot of money in the start-up of the company or its relocation to new offices. In any case we must keep in mind that we will always need electrical connections, where to connect our laptops, screens or printers, although in most cases we already have some previous infrastructure that can be used.