The world has become, in large part, wireless. However, Ethernet cables still have benefits over Wi-Fi. For many in-office or in-home purposes, it is better to forgo the convenience of Wi-Fi in exchange for the reliability that Ethernet has to offer. Ethernet, due to it’s device to device connection, is the epitome of reliability, in that it offers dependable service, each time. Before choosing one over the other, it is important to understand the pros and cons of both services.
Ethernet is much faster than Wi-Fi. Ethernet cables provide up to ten gigabits per second. Furthermore, transferring files between two devices in a network is much faster than Wi-Fi. If you try to test it out for yourself, you will certainly notice the difference. The difference can often be enough to preclude a business from choosing Wi-Fi.
Interference and Reliability
No matter how great Wi-Fi is, technology in general works better when they are connected. Wi-Fi is typically subject to a lot of interference. For example, sometimes the layout of your furniture will block your signal, leading to high latency and lower connection speeds. Ethernet cables offer a direct connection, meaning little to no interference.
Latency is the amount of time it takes for traffic to travel from one device to another (gamers refer to this as a ping). Ethernet cables guarantee that latency won’t be a big problem. As for all other internet uses, including streaming and web surfing, latency isn’t a huge problem. If you want to compare the latency of Ethernet vs. Wi-Fi, ping your router’s IP address on Wi-Fi, and then do so again via Ethernet.
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