“Do I really need to run network cables to every desk? It’s ugly and expensive. Why can’t we make everything wireless?”
There is a big difference between sitting on your couch at home, browsing the internet on your ipad and having dozens of staff accessing file and mail servers, printing big documents and editing videos.
Yes, Wi-Fi speeds and ranges have increased dramatically over the last few years, but that is part of the problem. Stand in your office and let your phone scan for available network signals. I bet there are scores of them, all competing for the airwaves and all interfering with your signal.
If you have more than 5 users you NEED cabled network access. It will be more reliable, faster and more secure. And when someone resigns, you don’t have to go round every machine changing the connection password.
Sure, put in Wi-Fi access points as well so that staff and visitors can use their phones to check the internet. But bear security in mind and only connect the Wi-Fi to the outside of your firewall. Don’t let any passing hacker have a free go at cracking your passwords – make him come inside and plug in for that.