Wireless Networks or Fiber? Which is Better for You?

The Integration of Fiber and Wireless Networks


The power of choice is a wonderful thing. It encapsulates our nature as rational beings and is essentially what sets us apart from all other species on Earth. We make choices every day, from what to have for breakfast to whether our business needs to make use of fiber or wireless networks. Whatever the choice is that we need to make, it is rare that all options carry equal merit and will lead to the same outcome. This is not always good as it can lead to a case of choice paralysis (i.e. being unable to decide at all due to being faced with too many options that are all seemingly equal). If you are a business owner, indecision can be catastrophic.


In the world of business and technology, there are choices everywhere we look. In fact, there is so much information surrounding us at all times that we need to take several steps back to be able to fully appreciate the scope of it. One choice that modern business owners feel like they need to make is whether to opt for wireless networks or fiber technology. Both come with their advantages and disadvantages, which can make the choice more complex. The question must then be asked – why can’t a business enjoy the advantages of both forms of technology while avoiding the disadvantages as the two technologies complement each other so well?


The answer is you can! Wireless systems can be integrated with fiber technology, and it is to the benefit of those who use the end product. This article provides a brief comparison between the two network types and explains why a hybrid model can be beneficial to your business.


A Comparison Between Fiber and Wireless Networks


At the outset, wireless networks seem to have a clear advantage over their wired counterparts. They tend to be much cheaper to install, have increased Return on Investment (ROI) potential, a faster deployment time, and can generally cover a larger area. With wireless networks, you only need a modem for the wireless signal, and you’re set. On the other hand, fiber networks tend to be stabler and can function for longer periods without the need to be upgraded. Fiber technology also used to have a reputation for speed and increased bandwidth, but advances in modern technology have allowed wireless networks to catch up and offer comparable speeds. While these two network types seem to be incompatible, they can complement one another quite well if used correctly. That is where integrated or hybrid models come in.


How a Hybrid Model can Benefit Your Business


Both of these technologies have their own uses and each one will appeal to a business for different reasons. That is why a hybrid model works so well – it offers the best of both worlds. It also features additional advantages that neither system would offer on its own (or at least not to the degree seen in hybrid models). Any potential disadvantages of using either network type alone are offset by the advantages of the other.


A hybrid network provides better stability and increased reliability than either network would be able to offer on its own. If one fails or is taken down for maintenance, then the other can still accommodate the needs of the business without the need for any downtime. The chances of both failing at once are minuscule, making it a very attractive option for businesses that require 100% uptime. Integrated models are also more scalable and can be fine-tuned to accommodate the full range of a business’s requirements.


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