Key Advantages and Disadvantages of Wireless Networks

Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, November 09, 2021

While wireless networks provide several commercial benefits, they also have significant drawbacks. Nevertheless, wireless technology is a cost-effective and efficient option as long as security is not compromised, as using wireless networks always carries a security risk.

Fremont, CA: Wi-Fi is a term that refers to wireless connectivity. It is a viable alternative to conventional fiber optic and cable networks. It is quickly becoming the most efficient tool for the mobile workforce. A wireless network connects computers or laptop devices to the internet by using radio waves rather than wires.

A wireless network allows devices to stay linked to a specific network while moving freely without the need for cables. A wireless network has both advantages and downsides: the significant benefits and drawbacks of wireless networks.

Advantages of wireless networking

  • Improved Efficiency

It improves data transmission, resulting in quicker information transfer between partners and customers and within the organization. For example, when on a sales call, it allows salespeople to remotely check prices and stock levels.

  • Accessibility

Because wireless technology does not require connections or wires, users may communicate while on the move. In addition, users may quickly connect to business networks without the need for adapters or extra connections.

  • Flexibility

Employees in-house can use wireless networks without needing to sit at dedicated PCs. Furthermore, it enables people to work productively even when they are not in the workplace. These networks would allow employees to operate from home while still having direct access to client data.

  • Cost-effective

Wireless networks are cost-effective alternatives since they are inexpensive and straightforward to set up. In addition, it is ideal for properties where landlords do not permit the installation of wires.

  • Increased opportunities

Users may offer new items and services to the market by utilizing wireless networks. Many railway stations, cafés, airport lounges, and hotels, for example, have installed Wi-Fi services to allow passengers to connect their devices while traveling.

Disadvantages of wireless networking

  • Security

Unauthorized users are more likely to assault Wi-Fi networks. As a result, if users decide to use wireless networks, they must consider security. In addition, avoid utilizing public network connections; otherwise, users risk losing critical data.

  • Installation Issues

Users may encounter interference if other individuals or companies utilize wireless technology within the same building. It can lead to poor communication or, in extreme cases, full communication breakdown.

  • Speed

Wireless network transmission speeds are often less efficient than conventional network transmission speeds. As a result, most wireless networks have far slower speeds (usually 1-54 Mbps) than even the most common wired networks (100Mbps up to several Gbps).

  • Coverage

Obtaining reliable Wi-Fi connectivity may be difficult in some buildings. For example, depending on the building's structure, "black patches" may exist. In such black areas, the user may receive poor or no signals.