Five Benefits of a Wired Connection
We all love WiFi, but a hard wire using Ethernet has some advantages
There’s no reason to let your wired home network leave you feeling tied down. We all enjoy the benefits and convenience of wireless, on-the-go connectivity through WiFi, but a hard-wired connection can benefit your home network—and your overall internet experience—in several ways.
An internet connection via Ethernet cable—a direct line connected from your modem to the device—is a best-case scenario for many desktop computers, game consoles, Smart TVs and other devices. And though it might not be feasible to wire every device in your home, consider plugging it in if it’s practical. Here are five benefits you’ll notice:
1. Better overall speeds
Though WiFi technology and overall speeds continue to improve, wired networks have the advantage in speed, at least on a consistency basis. When you connect a device to an Ethernet cable—game system, Smart TV or computer—you are establishing a one-to-one connection. A direct line allows data to be delivered far more quickly than through a WiFi signal carried by radio waves. Wireless signals can easily be interrupted and are affected by outside factors such as physical obstructions. If you’re gaming, downloading or streaming movies, hard-wired networks deliver your content faster.
2. Fewer security concerns
In the same way speed has improved with WiFi, so has the security protocol that encrypts and protects data. Even so, a wired connection is more secure. It’s much harder to hack and intercept a signal traveling through a hard-wired cable than it is a signal over WiFi.
3. Many devices are ethernet-capable (and good cables are cheap)
Many devices support Ethernet connectivity, and setting up a connection is as simple as plugging it into a port on the device. Ethernet cables are relatively inexpensive and widely available.
4. A generally more reliable connection
Wi-Fi is convenient and allows mobility, but hard-wired connections typically have fewer connection or speed issues. WiFi connections are subject to dropped signals and interference from objects, while Ethernet offers a reliable connection with consistent speeds.
5. Lower latency
Latency is the time it takes for the data from an input—keystroke, click or button tap—to get from the device to the internet, and vice-versa. Low latency means a shorter time from your command to a response from the application. Online gamers, for one, look for low latency because a shorter time from the press of a button to a response from the game means a more responsive, faster experience. To the everyday user, though, less time experiencing “lag” means you can surf web pages faster, process an online payment more quickly and download and upload data in less time.