The answer for this will depend on individual circumstances and requirements. Both wired and wireless networks have their advantages and disadvantages. All the DrayTek routers with built-in WLAN support also have the 4-port switch – so you can use both wired and wireless connections in the same LAN.

The table below lists some of the advantages and disadvantages:

Wired connections:

Advantages Disadvantages
1000Mbps or 100Mbps speed with consistent connection quality  

Not always convenient to run the cables through the house or office – particularly for rented premises

 

Switch connections provide guaranteed bandwidth on the LAN  

Can be expensive if professional cable installation is required

 

 

Additional hardware (Switches) required if more than 4 computers are to be connected

 

Wireless connections:

Advantages Disadvantages
Convenience of being able to work anywhere is a huge plus for laptop/notebook users  

Wireless connections are generally slower than wired connections since all the computers in the wireless LAN share the same connection (not switched). Performance drops as the number of attached wireless computers is increased

 

No cabling – suits people in rented premises  

Subject to radio frequency interference which can result in lower signal quality

 

Quick and easy to set up for special events such as conferences; classrooms; exhibitions etc where a temporary solution is required  

Security issues, because anyone within range can receive and transmit radio signals – i.e. join your LAN

 

802.11n will give network connection speeds comparable to the 100Mbps wired connection  

Additional costs for WAP and wireless cards