Vlog: Four Reasons to Use a Wired Network
Written by Arvig in Home Technology for Your Home
There’s no reason to let your wired home network leave you feeling tied down.
An internet connection via ethernet cable is a best-case scenario for many devices, including desktop computers, game systems and Smart TVs. And though it might not be feasible to wire every device in your home, consider plugging it in if it’s practical. Here are four benefits you’ll notice:
Speed: Though Wi-Fi technology continues to improve, wired networks have the advantage in speed. 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 Wi-Fi signal carried by radio waves. If you’re gaming, downloading or streaming movies, hard-wired brings you your content faster.
Security: In the same way speed has improved with Wi-Fi, 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 Wi-Fi.
Ease of use: 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.
Reliability: Wi-Fi is convenient and allows mobility, but hard-wired connections typically have fewer connection or speed issues. Wi-Fi connections are subject to dropped signals and interference from objects, while Ethernet offers a reliable connection with consistent speeds.