The Benefits Of Using A Wired Connection

These days everyone is going on the internet. It doesn’t matter the age of the person, or the race, or where they live, people are using the internet everywhere. And it really makes sense since the world that we are living in is becoming more digital. That is the great thing about the internet. It allows a democracy that we have never had before. It allows people from all over the world to be able to access data that they normally would not have been able to access in the past. And the way that most of these people are getting online is through wireless networks. But it was not always that way.

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The takeover of wireless networks is only a recent thing. With the way that they have spread out you would think that it was something that has been going on for a long time now. But that is not a fact. The takeover of wireless networks all over the place has only been something that we have seen for the past 6 or 7 years. Before that when people wanted to hook up more than one computer in their home to go on the internet they would used a wired router.

Wired routers are the same thing as wireless routers but instead of the internet signal going over the air, the signal would instead go over a pair cables. The type of cable used was called CAT 5 cable. It kind of looked like the same cable that you would use for telephones except that it was thicker. But if you really think about it we do not use those types of cables for phones anymore either. While there are still a lot of people who have a house phones, most people use a cellphone to do most of their talking.

But while it may seem old school to use a wired router, there are actually benefits to using one. While you may not be able to get the long distance range that you can get with a wireless network, well at least without having wires all over the house, you will be able to get a faster connection. That is because there is less interference that the signal has to deal with since it is going over a dedicated wire and not over the free air. But there is also another benefit that you get as well. And that benefit is the fact that a person has to actually physically connect to the router to be able to get on your internet connection.

That means you do not have to worry about people sitting outside of your house using your connection. There are a bunch of people who look for open wireless connections so that they can perform illegal downloads and the person who owns the connection is the one that gets blamed for it. You also do not have to worry about people who see that you have a secure connection on your wireless router trying to break into it. While most routers have a default setting to be secured there are ways around even the most secure set up. And people get past this type of protections all of the time.

So as you can see, while a wired network might be something that is looked at as being old school, there are actually some benefits that you can get from using one. There are even sets ups that will allow you to have both if you want. While it may not be exactly what you want it is an option that you should really look at.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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