With the rampant development of technology and its integration into almost every aspect of our day to day life, businesses and homes are also adopting the evolving trend, with nearly a complete transfer from wired to the wireless interface. The changes have borne the fruit of convenience and simplicity, hence making life as easy as possible for businesses and individuals, both young and old.

What Is Wireless?

Wireless is essentially defined as the cloud-based transmission or communication of information over a certain distance. Because the information is transferred this way, wires are not needed. However, as wonderful as a world without wires may seem, it is difficult to go completely wireless, and honestly, there are few things that can actually perform better wirelessly. It is recommended, that when you have the chance to – go wired. Wires can always be hidden and are not affected by Wi-Fi outages.

Wireless Doesn’t Necessarily Mean No Wires

Many devices are available that are able to send and receive information over a wireless network, enabling them to turn on, produce sound, video, or both. However, just because something is called “wireless” does not mean that there are no wires involved. Many devices still require a power cord in order to function. In addition, many devices require internet access and Wi-Fi – both of which are provided by wired devices (modem and a router) that plug into the wall and an Ethernet cable that brings the internet from your provider into your home.

Consider “wireless” speakers, they always have a wired AC power cord that must be plugged into a wall. The sound is transmitted wirelessly over radio waves while the power is transmitted through the cord. Wired speakers receive both the sound and power from the same cord. So really, both wired and wireless speakers have the same number of cords (one).

Wait, what? But its supposed to be “wireless”!

Consider this, when a surround sound system is installed, like a 5.1 channel subwoofer-speaker system, in which five speakers are strategically placed around a room for optimal sound distribution, each speaker is connected to a single AV receiver, which in turn is plugged into the wall for power.

Unlike a wired speaker, a wireless speaker does not need a wire connecting it to back the AV receiver – it communicates over WiFi to the receiver instead. But – there is still the AC power cord for each speaker that will need to be connected to a power source (like the outlet in your wall).

For Example

In a 5.1 channel surround sound system, that’s five speakers and an AV receiver that need to be plugged in – or rather, six wires. Top that with a wireless transmitter (your router) that will need to be plugged into a power source as well, and you are up to seven wires. If your system requires a wireless amplifier, that’s another power cord for each amplifier you need, and you’ll need wires to connect the amplifiers to the speakers, so more wires.

Now, your wireless surround sound system isn’t looking so wireless, is it? It is important to remember that it is the sound that is being transmitted wirelessly to your wireless speakers, not the power or anything else.

So, as badly as you want a completely wireless system, it’s important to remember that wires are still involved. We do, however, do everything possible to hide or minimize the visibility of all wires involved with wired or wireless devices.