Going cable is not passé

One of the hottest topics that IT departments will be dealing with this forthcoming year will be the migration from cable to cable-less.

Wireless has been touted as the next frontier. Freedom, accessibility, cost reduction and flexibility have been the keywords which have been put forward to push wireless technology.

Intel has been the most vocal proponent of wireless and has, for nearly three years now, invested several hundred of millions of marketing dollars to build the Centrino brand and establish it as the obvious building block for your wireless world.

But the question remains. Do you really need wireless? There is enough marketing literature out there to convince you that wireless is the biggest thing since sliced bread.

However, one of most acknowledged piece of advice that applies to any computer system is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" because"if it can go wrong, it will". Cables still come with some undeniable advantages which can't be ignored.

Cable is safer than wireless; hackers can still break into your company's wireless network by eavesdropping or wardrving, and given time and the proper tools they can even decrypt the weaker encryption protections.

Secondly, even the most basic cabling structure can achieve real, practical speeds that are attainable only under certain circumstances with wireless. The wider availability of Gigabit capable Ethernet modules in desktops and laptops is only a matter of months away now.

Plus you have to keep in mind the cost, reliability and compatibility issues that may arise when switching from wired to wireless.


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