Wired Home Network: Worth It?
Not to skew this blog into “home improvement” but one of the first possible DIY nerd projects at the new place, is to build a home network wiring up every room. The house we’re moving into shortly is older without such bells and whistles. Anyhow, it seems one can buy wall jacks for just about anything imaginable, various racks for plugs, enclosures to wire up phone, Internet, cable, and even audio, and eventually end up with something from The Matrix in your basement.
But of course this would entail a lot of work, expense, and probably overkill for our needs:
- Phone: We ditched our landline earlier this year after moving from California, and are using cellular exclusively. So no need to run phone wire except possibly just one line for emergency purposes.
- Internet: Yes, good-old Ethernet would be faster than AirPort, but we’re currently using mostly WiFi without any issues. Plus, on the horizon is the much faster 802.11ac which I’ll certainly upgrade to once it appears in Apple products.
- Audio: Wireless seems like it’ll work here too, through various AirPlay devices on the WiFi network. I also have my eye on this Logitech BlueTooth speaker which one could carry throughout the house.
- Cable: This may be the biggest reason as we’ll likely get our Internet through cable and it would be nice to have placement options for the router and TV. But since at this point everything else is wireless – I may be better off just getting a splitter. And there is some thought that 802.11ac may help here, too.
So ultimately, save for coax cable, the wireless options seem pretty capable. I also don’t really want to spend a ton of time putting cables in only to rip them out if they become obsolete.
So is spending the money / time putting in a wired home network worth it? Am leaning towards “nope.”