The march of technology is relentless. When the phone was first invented few would have thought that they would eventually be in every home in the western world. By the time telephones were ubiquitous even fewer would have imagined that we would so soon be abandoning them and using a telephone that you could carry in your pocket, able to make and receive calls no matter where you were. It has now reached a point where there is a telephone point in almost every house in the country but a substantial amount of them are going used. Technology moved on and people found that mobile phones catered to their needs. There would be even less people using their telephone lines if they had a reliable, alternative method of gaining access to the internet.

The vast majority of people in Ireland now use the internet. Every broadband competitor has a number of different packages available in an attempt to attract people to their business. All but the most basic packages will include a wireless router so you can connect to the internet anywhere in your home. This is important for many, as they take their laptop, phone or tablet to different places within the home depending on what they need to achieve.

There are many problems with wireless technology though. The most obvious problem is the matter of strength. If you live in an old building with thick walls or have a spread out home it could mean that the wireless signal is too weak to reach certain rooms, and even if it does reach then you may suffer from a connection that drops at the most inopportune time, is too slow to stream video or even gets upset by someone turning on a microwave. No matter how useful wireless technology is, it is still inferior to a wired connection when you want the best quality.

It has been common practice that every office built in the last few decades includes wired network cabling. Computers are all hooked up and share the same internet connection. The internet being distributed around the building rarely drops and the speeds are always maintained (presuming the internet connection itself is stable.) Rarely does anyone think of network cabling for a home though. It provides many benefits over wireless technology. It can even be used as the basis for a better wireless network by connecting a second wireless router to a hard line connection.

If you have an electrical contractor looking at rewiring your home, maybe they are refitting electrical plugs or installing a new television point then ask them about installing network cables. The majority of electrical contractors who deal with both home and office work will be able to do this. Should you be rewiring your home then it may be a simple addition that will provide you with a much more stable foundation for your internet use. It may even add value to your home should you go on to sell it to the up and coming tech savvy generation.