Wired Network Connections Limitations

Wired network connection such as Ethernet has many limitations depending on the need and type of connection one has. Ethernet is established using single cable, which is shared by all other devices or terminals present on the network.

Extensive Cabling

The biggest limitation of establishing wired connection is the extensive cabling requires establishing network. There are many types of cables and wires which are used spread the network of wires. Most commonly used cables are twisted pair cable, fiber optics and copper cables. Optical fibers are preferred due to their transparency, high data transfer rates and strength. Let’s analyze an example of creating an Ethernet wired connection in a university campus. First of all the network cables need to be transplanted in the walls. Besides this each l cable has to be attached to the individual terminals in order to make connections. The computer lab would be loaded with the network of wires. This network of wires gives a feeling of discomfort and untidiness. If by chance any of the network cable is disconnected, the entire setup would be distressed. If we connect the existing network with more terminals, the efficiency and the speed of wired network will deteriorate. The network would not proficiently share resources and transfer data.

Other limitations involved in wired network connections

If for example, you want to sell your space where you have established any wired network. You have to incur an extra cost of destabilizing the network. Especially if the wires are embedded in the walls, they are difficult to pull out. The extensive wired network can off set the look of your room or office. The wired network using fiber optic is often prone to a threat of being cracked by mice or fish (if the cable is spread under the water). The connection of wires even does not allow you to work in an open space like in a garden, park or near your swimming pool. This constraint of immobility resulted in the use of wireless connections. One can not form a network in the areas where it is difficult to carry cables. In those areas expensive wireless connection need to be developed. Installation is difficult and slow. Specialized labor is required to install any wired network connections. In some cases like DSL wired connections only ISPs can install the software’s and the DSL device. Access to the network is limited. Growth in the stable network is limited due to inadequate changes.

Wired network and its backbone

Wired network of any type as LAN, or MAN requires a backbone structure of wires in order to perform it operations. The need of the time is the mobility of devices. People all around the world prefer smart phones, laptops and palmtops. Hence it is difficult to provide a wired backbone to each and every location. Therefore more mobile and easily used networks are desired like the Bluetooth technology. The limitation of supporting the wired network with fiber optic acting at its back has put the small investors out of the business. Hence we can say there is monopoly in the field of telecommunications. Some big names are exploiting the various opportunities present in the market. Large telecommunication companies have developed large fiber optic networks underground. Consequently only they are able to provide wired internet connections such as DSL, ADSL, SDSL and cable network. Some organizations are now replacing wired networks due to their immobility. People prefer wireless connections because they can interact with their peers and friends wherever they are. Wired networks also limit the use of video conferencing due to bounded network.

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