Network cabling and WiFi solutions

Network cabling and WiFi solutions

Cable, also known as structured wiring, is the copper cabling that can be used to connect devices to the router (internet connection). The reason cabling is used instead of  a WIFI signal, is for many reasons but in a domestic setting the following are some of the most likely.

1)    The WIFI signal is too weak for the connection speed required.

This can happen due to distance from the wireless router or access point, or the structure of the building interfering with the signal transmission. This could be anything from steel beams, thick stone walls or foil backed insulation and membranes.

 

2)    The speed is limited by the wireless router or access points speed capabilities. 

The speed of wireless routers and access points is generally a lot slower than a direct connection as the devices have to convert the data to and from the computer (or similar) from a wireless signal to a physical signal. This is especially relevant if you have multiple devices running on the same WIFI network as they are adding to the amount of data the wireless router or access point has to process.

 

3)    The WIFI signal is unstable and cuts out regularly.

This can happen for several reasons but is usually due to faulty wireless router or access point, a faulty phone line in or outside the house or interference from other devices e.g. LED lights and any other device that sends a signal.

 

For these reasons devices like desktop computers, smart televisions, games consoles, etc. are connected to dedicated network cables to allow them a fast, uninterrupted access to the internet. Ultimately this means internet pages load faster, photos upload and download faster and you get significantly reduce buffering when streaming videos and television.

 

WIFI is a very useful even considering the drawbacks listed above, it is perfect for mobile devices like phones tablets and laptops as these cannot practically be connected to a cable and it is perfect for small IoT devices around the home, where only low levels of data are required. To utilise the potential of WIFI you need a good stable wireless network throughout you home and even in the garden. This can be achieved by installing wireless access points these devices are distributed throughout your home and distribute the WIFI signal to even the most remote room.