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What Are Wired Communications?

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Wired communications is a broad term that is used to describe any type of communication process that relies on the direct use of cables and wiring to transmit audio and visual data. A classic example of wired communications is the traditional home telephone that is connected to the local telephone switch via wires that are ran from the home to the switch. While wireless communication solutions have become more common in recent years, the use of wired services remains common and is not likely to disappear in the near future.

Local telephone networks often form the basis for wired communications that are used by both residential and business customers in the area. Most of the networks today rely on the use of fiber-optic communication technology as a means of providing clear signaling for both inbound and outbound transmissions. Fiber optics are capable of accommodating far more signals than the older copper wiring used in generations past, while still maintaining the integrity of the signal over longer distances.

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Internet access from desktop computer systems is also a common example of modern wired communications. In fact, telephone service providers often utilize the same wiring to provide both high speed Internet solutions and basic telephone services to residential and business customers. Depending on the nature of the connection, this may require using wiring and cables that have a higher capacity than standard wires. Some system designs need nothing more than the addition of filtering devices that effectively split the signal to allow a single outlet to provide connectivity to both the audio phone network and the Internet.

Cable television is also classified as wired communications. Cable is run into each home and connected to one or more television sets. The same cable is connected with the cable network, making it possible to activate the connection and allow both audio and visual transmissions to be received. This is in contrast to traditional broadcasts that rely on over the air transmissions that must be picked up by a receiver and converted into sound and images that the reception device can process.

In general, wired communications are considered to be the most stable of all types of communications services. They are relatively impervious to adverse weather conditions when compared to wireless solutions. With some forms of wired services, the strength and speed of the transmission is superior to other solutions, such as satellite or microwave transmissions. These characteristics have allowed wired communications to remain popular, even as wireless solutions have continued to advance.

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anon279114
Post 7

What are the advantages of using wireless communication in a hospital?

everetra
Post 3

@allenJo - I am one of those people who have dropped traditional wired phones in favor of wireless. Actually I have two setups, a cell phone, and an Internet phone which basically replaces the land line. I suppose you could say the Internet phone is wired, and not wireless; it just uses the Internet.

I believe that with these two communication devices I am pretty much covered in a variety of situations, and the technology and security for both of them have improved dramatically over the past few years.

For my Internet phone I use an audio to USB adapter to make my calls over the computer. The call quality is crystal clear; there are no latency issues whatsoever.

I also get exceptional call quality from my cell phone as well, so it serves my purposes too. I cancelled the traditional land line two years ago and haven’t looked back.

Charred
Post 2

Yes, and I can think of another situation where wire communications are much better than wireless. It’s in home networks.

I know people who have wireless home networks. I have a wired network myself. It doesn’t bother me too much because most of the devices are close to each other.

I notice, however, that my wired home network is much faster than a comparable wireless network. I can drag and drop large video files very quickly from one computer to another. It’s seamless, as if I’m simply copying files from one folder to another on the same computer.

I don’t know that connection speeds would be that much faster for Internet connections; a lot depends on the speed of the Internet signal coming into your house. But for moving stuff around between devices on a home network, a wired connection can’t be beat.

allenJo
Post 1

While I keep hearing about more and more households that have completely dropped their landlines in favor of only using cell phones, I am still sticking with my land line phone and believe that it offers a number of advantages over cell phones.

First and foremost, I still believe that a wired communication is more reliable in terms of call quality. I don’t usually have a wired caller “cut out” on me as I would with a cell phone caller.

I believe a wired telephone is more secure than a cell phone. Yes, you’re phone can be tapped, but I think it’s easier to tap your call if it’s on a cell phone. I don’t think that a wiretap can be done remotely, whereas a cell phone transmission intercept can.

Landlines are also better for emergency situations. A 911 operator can easily track me down with a land line; it’s not as easy with a cell phone, in my opinion.

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