WiFi vs. Hard Wiring

When people say “WiFi” they’re often referring to wireless internet; but, when it comes to speed and service, is wireless really the best way to go? Both wireless internet and hard-wired connections have their pros and cons. Let’s take a look at both and see for ourselves!

WiFi

WiFi is the most common form of wireless internet and, for all intents and purposes, is almost completely identical in definition and usage.

Infrastructure

WiFi’s most notable advantage over hard wiring is its infrastructure. In terms of popularity, WiFi wins in a massively one-sided contest. This means that many places simply don’t have the option for high-speed fibre optic broadband connections, which are the top of the line for hard wiring.

Lower Base Speeds

While newer generations of WiFi are capable of matching the maximum download and upload speeds of newer generations of fibre optic broadband cables, wireless internet tends to have a lower base speed than hard-wired connections.

Fibre Optic Broadband

Despite being invented and constructed in many places prior to the invention of WiFi, fibre optic cables can be considered a newcomer to the high-speed internet arena.

Bandwidth

The primary reason why many people claim that fibre optics have increased speed compared to the specifications of WiFi routers, even when this isn’t technically true, is the bandwidth.

Fibre optics have significantly more bandwidth than WiFi, making them seem faster by comparison.

Expensive

If the infrastructure has already been laid for fibre optics, then this isn’t much of a concern; however, if fibre optic service isn’t already being actively provided in an area, the costs of installing it can become an insurmountable hurdle even for many businesses, let alone homeowners.

Conclusion

While wireless internet options such as WiFi have their time-honored benefits, they are quickly going by the wayside as fibre optic cables return to the top of the internet-provider’s hot list.