Wi-Fi Is Great But You Still Need Ethernet

ITBusinessEdge: Wi-Fi Is Great But You Still Need Ethernet

Wired networks can go greater distances than Wi-Fi, they’re more stable, and power over Ethernet (PoE) lets you place network devices where no AC power is available.

“I’ve written a number of blog posts on the use of Wi-Fi in SMBs, which, when correctly deployed, can help steer businesses towards greater productivity with convenient access to the network. Moreover, an increasing number of vendors such as Netgear have also unveiled business-centric wireless network controllers for small- and mid-sized businesses; others, like Ruckus Wireless, already sell enterprise-grade Wi-Fi gear at SMB price points.

While Ethernet has been mostly replaced by Wi-Fi in homes, it is still very much alive in businesses – and will probably never become obsolete in the server closet and data center. So before you brush past Ethernet when planning your IT budget for 2011, let’s take a look at why it is still relevant.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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