Originally Posted by fcwilt
Really? I don't think so.
Agree on what? So far, you are two for two on disagreeing in a area that I probably know more about dealing with, than most. You run a business, and you have people sitting at desks, first thing you think about is security. Second is if you are sharing files or using a common application that pulls its data off of a server, wired is the best. Why? It is secured, no one can just connect and pull data. Especially if you operate everyone in a domain to secure them to the network, so no one can just walk in and plug into a ethernet cord or jack and start pulling data.
WiFi in majority of small offices out there, is so unsecured, that anyone can usually connect in a matter of minutes and start intercepting data, before anyone knows. You have twenty users on any network, which most businesses will not pay for anymore than 6 meg thinking that is all they will need, when in reality, most modern offices need no less than 100 meg for the outside.
We crippled a single T-1 in our office, when we moved to a temporary site, after our unit got flooded out of the basement space we were in. Soon after, we got another T-1 and they fixed the problem. On average, our unit pushes about 1 gig of data before even lunch time comes along. We probably push on average a Petabyte of data out to our data servers on a weeks time, and pulling from a remote server, we probably pull about a Terabyte of data on average in a week, so we can make the documents available to others inside our network. Try doing that on wireless in a average ISP provided line.
And how many people in my office use the network you are probably wondering. Twenty. The same as the OP, and we do it on three T-1's with a blade, and business grade routers & switches, most workstations are 100meg to the switches, with maybe five that are gig connect. No wifi whatsoever, because it would never work in our situation, even if the data was non-confidential.