Renovating a barn for a new office....should we drop cable in favour of wireless......???
Posted on 2006-07-10
We have renovating a barn for home office space for me and my wife. Currently I use non fixed Cat5 to link the wireless adsl router to the printer and the server. We both use wireless laptops at present, although I do use the Server directly as well. We are currently thinking of putting in Cat5E with double sockets due to an initial suspicion of better robustness, but I am now questioning whether we should just go wireless.
The options that I see are:
a) Line 1 wall (25 metres) with CAT5E with 5 double sockets for 5 work areas.
b) Have the ADSL Router in the central bay and link up via a very short non fixed CAT5E cables the printer and servers. Then have the client PCs connect to this "Server" area via wireless. At the moment I use 54Mbs DLink wireless kit, but I would upgrade to use something like Netgear's proprietary 105Mbs kit to get the same capacity as my current ethernet cable.
c) Have everything connect to each other via wireless. While my HP printer is wireless enabled, my other printer is not.. To be honest this option may cause more difficulties since wireless peripherals are rarer than wireless PCs.
From what I can see b) may be the best option.
What advice can you provide?
Much thanks in advance.