There are a multitude of ways to set up home networks, so this is a brief summary of the most
advantages of a wired network are speed, security and range. Wired ethernet technology allows data to be transferred at up
to one gigabit (1000 Mbps) per second and is safe from hackers. Cable runs can be up to 100 metres. Virtually all
computers, laptops and gaming consoles are already fitted with a wired network port so no extra hardware is necessary.
Wireless networks offer flexibility, and the benefits of no cables - especially suitable for laptops. The range is
typically less, at about 30m, although extenders can be used in large houses or where walls are thick. Wireless networks need to be
secured properly to prevent unauthorised access to your computers and internet connection. Many mobile phones can also
connect wirelessly for web browsing and data downloads to cut down on data usage over GSM / GPRS.
The piece of equipment central to a home network is a wired or wireless router.