Linked by JoanneRodgers on Thu 15th May 2008 23:02 UTC
Features, Office In a June 2003 Wired Magazine interview, Martha Stewart said, "Bill Gates' house, for example, is totally out of date now. He built it right before wireless happened. The big tunnels for all his wires - he doesn't need any of that stuff anymore." The article wasn't about networking, or even technology, but I was struck by that statement because it was echoed by several people when I was explaining that I was running many thousands of feet of cable in OSNews' "house of the future." "Is all that cable really necessary now that there's wireless everything?" people said. As much as I respect Martha Stewart's business and design acumen, neither she, nor those people who talked to me, know what they're talking about. When it comes to networking, there's no substitute for a wire, when a wire's available. -- This is the latest entry in our 2008 Article Contest.
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Wireless in an old house
by solidsnake on Fri 16th May 2008 02:03 UTC
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It was said in the article that wireless is better used in an old house because of the difficulty running cables through the existing structure. While this is true to some degree, good planning and reasonable investment in time and money make wiring your home for internet communication definitly worthwhile. I tried using a cheap wireless(Belkin)router in our old two story home(circa 1934). It simply failed to deliver. (partly because it was cheap) Even if I had poured more money into my wirelss setup, I felt security would still be a big issue. I also have a server and computers in my office, my wife's office and our living room not to mention the one I use in my shop. Buying wireless cards and installing drivers for each presented time and cost considerations. Furthermore, having to figure out how to get it working on my linux system would be a little much for my skill level. Wired networks in their basic form work fine in Windows or Linux.
I figured I would save a lot of time and effort if I had put a little extra investigation into the practicality of running cable. Lucky for me I only spent a minor amount of money before I figured out that I really needed, a wired network.

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