With over 30 years of experience, Omega Technology Group delivers expertise in the design, project management, and installation of fiber optic, cat 5, cat 5e, and cat 6 cable networks. Cable installations are a large complicated projects, even for only a few cables. Let Omega Technology Group handle your cable installation project at any scale. Our team of technicians have installed cable in practically every scenario, from football stadiums to college campuses to residential locations.
Fiber Optic or Ethernet?
There are substantial differences between fiber optic cables and Ethernet cables. Fiber optic cables are used as a backbone for networks due to the massive throughput potential as well as the distance in which fiber optic cables can be run. Fiber optic cables are used to connect separate buildings to each other to connect all components to the same network. Fiber optic cable is made up of strands of glass, making it less prone to electrical interference from the environment and power related factors.
Ethernet cables are ideal for connecting many components within the same structure to one central location, or hub. Depending on the cabling that is installed, cat 5, cat 5e, and cat 6, you can expect to receive various levels of network bandwidth. Ethernet cables are made up of small copper wires, making them more prone to electrical interference than fiber optic cables. Ethernet cables are significantly cheaper to install over fiber optic cables for a buildings confined hard wired networking, making Ethernet cabling the practical choice.
Benefits of Ethernet Cable over Wi-Fi Signal.
There are many reasons you should consider installing a hardwired Ethernet network over a Wi-Fi network, especially when it comes to business.
- Reliability – Wi-Fi has a tendency to cut out and drop connections throughout the day, making it frustrating for users as well as interrupting services and programs that need a constant network connection.
- Security – Wi-Fi security has come a long way since the early 2000’s, but it is still susceptible to hacking, especially from an area that you cannot necessarily control, such as outside of a building. A hardwired connection is much more difficult for nefarious individuals to reach without your knowledge, making it much more secure than a Wi-Fi connection.
- Speed -Almost all real world examples of Wi-Fi implementations transmit data at half duplex. Half duplex means that a signal cannot be sent and received at the same time, data can only travel in once direction at a time. Ethernet cabling works at full duplex, meaning that data is sent and received at the same time, making it inherently faster than a Wi-Fi signal.