I'm in the process of finishing our basement and I'm wondering how I should network our soon to be home office. Basically, I'm trying to decide if I want to go wired or wireless for this network. At this point, I'm really undecided and just looking for advice from people who've done this themselves. There will be either five or six computers in this network, once I get the old one out of storage and get the new laptop, spread out over three rooms. I'm doing all the work and pulling all the wires for everthing (electrical, phone, cable) so it wouldn't be that difficult for me to add wires for our lan to the runs in the walls.
Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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Wired would probably be cheaper. Wireless has less hassles. Being the paranoid freak that I am though, I think EVERYONE has AirSnort and are out to get me and trash my home net, so DEFINEATELY go for wired.
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If you're re-wiring the room anyway, you'd be crazy not to run some cat5 too. You may go wireless at some point, but this gives you the choice of when to do it. Plus, IP is not the only thing that cat5 can be used for; home entertainment systems, home security, etc. are all cat5 friendly.
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Yup, exactly what Cerebus & tarnish just said. You're pulling wires anyway, include the CAT5. No doubt. (Hey! Cerebus, just because we're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not all out to get us! :-) )
I have a friend (who coincidentally is named Tim) who was in charge of the rewiring of our 1200-person workplace (with token ring, at the time). His motto during that time was "When in doubt, wire it!" Conference rooms -- "wire it". Cafeteria -- "wire it". Storage room (which overnight magically turned into a War Room) -- "Wire it." I don't *think* they actually ended up with connectors in the men's rooms, but I couldn't say for sure. Nobody ever regretted one of those access points. And when he built his house ... same principle, same result.
Also, IIRC, I vaguely recall that the last time I looked at wireless solutions, they ended up in practice being about half the speed of wire-based connections. (Error-correction & loss & noise retransmissions & all that EE crud.) Don't know if that's any different these days, but its a consideration ...
I would side with the paranoid camp on this (and most issues), but at the same time, I'm paranoid enough to think that whatever system I am using has enough holes and flaws in it that security is a joke. Basically, you can't lock your door anyway, so if its convenient for you to leave the keys in the ignition, why not? Just be aware that given two cars with open doors, the one with the keys is more likely to be stolen. (Unless the thief is also paranoid, in which case he might think the one with the keys is obviously a trap, and therefore go for the one without keys.)
As far as going wireless, I'd have to the area you live in would play a factor. If you live in the middle of nowhere, and your neighbor can barely see your house, then you shouldn't have a problem with people sneaking on to your network. But if the range on your equipment is bigger than your property, and your neighbors are techies, then you might want to stay wired, unless you like and trust your neighbors.
Either way though, I have to agree with the *it can't hurt to add wires when the wall is open* camp, anyway.