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Wireless vs Wired: What Works Best for Your Business?

One of the biggest debates in recent years is the topic of which is the best kind of Internet solution for a business:  Wireless vs. Wired.  Because businesses are all different, we say it depends on the type and size of business that you are operating.

CMTS Router

CMTS Router

The wired vs wireless debate has only recently gained popularity due to the extensive use of wireless networks in businesses and homes over the past 10 years.  With the popularity of laptops and iPads on the rise more and more companies have added a “Wifi hotspot” or “free wireless” connection to lure customers to their location.  While these are all great options for smaller retail locations such as coffee shops, fast food restaurants and other retail stores these wireless connections aren’t very useful for larger businesses.

The problem:  Within a small facility such as a Starbucks or McDonalds, customers will usually be within 50 feet or less away from the wireless router provided by the business.  With open areas, and little to no interference these wireless routers are great options. Within larger structures such as nursing homes or long term care facilities, wireless networks have to travel through many walls, doors and a number of unknown barriers to get to the customer.  Once it gets to the customer, if it ever does, the result is usually a poor Internet connection resulting in very slow Internet service.  These poor Internet connections often result in a ton of unwanted headaches and “middle of the night” phone calls from angry residents.

For larger businesses that have multiple rooms, floors and locations the only logical response to the wireless vs wired debate is the use of a wired Internet solution.  Not only do wired Internet connections travel faster than wireless, but they are low cost and very easy to manipulate through the floors, walls and ceilings of any building.

How it works:  One way we like to compare it is to using your cellular phone.  All of us who have used a cellular phone know that the service is heavily dependent on location.  Older buildings and locations far away from the signal will result in no service and dropped calls.  This is the same way a wireless Internet connection works.  For those of you who have access to a wireless connection, take a walk outside or travel away from your wireless router and you will see a decrease in speed and performance in your device.

The wired solution:  Using a protocol called DOCSIS 3.0 our installation engineers are able to add a high speed Internet connection to the private cable systems that we install.  When installing a wired Internet network in our facilities we are able to attach a Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) to a new or an existing headend unit to provide high speed commercial Internet to any size facility.

When using a CMTS for a new or existing facility we at SeniorTV will research the best CMTS for the particular installation.  Some of our customer’s currently use the Cisco CMTS, CASA CMTS or the C9 Network as these all provide super fast Internet speed over a large number of users.

So as the initial debate over wireless vs. wired Internet connection goes, we say it depends on what type of business you are operating.  If you own a small coffee shop or bookstore, wireless is definitely a good choice.  But if you are in one of our specialties such as a nursing home, long term care facility or a senior retirement community the only option for Internet services is through a wired connection using a CMTS.

At SeniorTV we provide commercial Internet services for every kind of senior retirement facility.  With our private Internet service we not only provide a full installation, but we offer 24x7x365 help desk for our facilities.  If you are interested in learning more about our commercial Internet solutions please give us a call at 1-800-890-7770 or visit us online at http://seniortv.com.