Advantages and disadvantages of network cables: As wireless networking becomes more popular in the computing world, many people are beginning to wonder about the pros and cons of network cables. While wireless is a practical technology, it still has some way to go before it becomes the enterprise network cabling alternative. But cables have their drawbacks too, and before you invest in technology to wire your business network, consider the many aspects of using network cables. Maintenance
network cables can be difficult to maintain over time. Cables can fail for a variety of reasons, and when they do, they can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. Always have a cable tester available to check network cables in case of problems. Network cables get pulled, stepped on and bent, which can cause damage and prevent them from working properly.
Most network cables are run under the floor or through a drop ceiling and then down a cable drop into its various rooms in the office. When new hardware is added or workstations move, it may be necessary to run more cable. When cables run badly, and they are installed over long distances under a floor or ceiling, many times a new cable will be put in place without removing the old one. After a while, this collection of cables can get confusing. It can also add to the time it takes to make equipment move if the cables are not properly marked.
Wireless networking has made progress with security issues, but network cables still provide the most secure connection from a network to a workstation. A shielded network cable has a single connection to that server or workstation that no other workstation can see. A wireless network sends a signal that can be encrypted but is also easier for criminals to hack into.