Wi-Fi networks are often preferred over the traditional LAN network. There are many reasons behind it. Some of the most obvious ones are the convenience, easier installation and comparatively reduced cost as compared to wired networks.
But what most people ignore that WiFi is a fragile networking method. Let’s discuss some of its disadvantages. First, we have wifi security. Although there are many encryption methods available, Wi-Fi isn’t even half secured as compared to LAN networks. Speed is another factor, even though the latest WiFi AC standard is incredibly fast, it is far slower than traditional ethernet connection (1 Gbps).
When compared with wired networks, a Wi-Fi network always seems to be less reliable. It’s because Wi-Fi radio frequencies are subject to external interference far more than an Ethernet connection. This less reliability of wifi networks also makes them less stable than a wired connection.
The most critical aspect of Wi-Fi network is its range. If you have a small house then most of the Wi-Fi networks can cover it up. But if you have a large house then you may have a situation of having good internet connection in one area of your house and no WiFi access in some other parts. Those other parts are called dead spots, the areas that are out of your WiFi range.
As we’ve seen the fragility of WiFi network, you might wonder what you need to do. To you’re your task easier, here is an infographic by List Enthusiast that discusses how we can boost wifi signals and improve wifi security in our homes.