I don’t hate wireless. In the same way in that I don’t hate the cloud. Or giving “users” administrative rights. Or not training staff on how to use IT equipment or software.
Wireless is a great technology that can have several really productive uses, but I find putting your absolute faith in a technology sets you up for a larger risk of failure.
I’ve just spent a couple of days using a computer with a wireless keyboard and mouse. When I started I used new, working, batteries. The keyboard has been rubbish.
I checked the batteries, they’re good. Checked the contacts, good connectivity. The keyboard is approximately six inches from the transmitter. Changed batteries, changed USB slots, dis/reconnected. Even turned it off and on again.
The problem is that the keyboard just drops out when typing. And if I don’t use for a bit it it’s slow to pick up when I start typing again.
I just moved house, and had to quit with the wireless keyboard and go box-diving to find a keyboard with a “tail”. And now I’m back at full pace.
The problem is the keyboard just isn’t that good, it was a cheap set I got to use with a media PC, it was never great, but it was only used occasionally. At least the mouse works!
And there’s the productivity issue – yes, it looks neat, no cables littering the desk but the downside is if the thing locks up, is slow to respond, and causes gaps in work well that’s not good.
Multiply that by the number of people who have problems and it’s starting to hurt.
I have a similar issue with wireless networks, if you’re working with large files or lots of online content then using a network cable will just improve the situation so much it’s worth the hassle of the cables.
There’s no disputing the whole reliability and speed of wireless has improved but not to the point where it can be as trustworthy as a good old cable.
We seek productivity in business don’t we? But do you value neatness or appearance over it? Certainly experience has taught me that staff members that have tech issues that don’t get sorted in short order tend to lean on those issues which in turn means a productivity hit.
I don’t know about you but I like to keep things simple.