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The advancement of technology made our lives easier and the existence of the internet significantly eases our access to the world. Since the invention of the smartphone there is no doubt that the world is heading in the direction of wireless technology. Such technologies make our lives more convenient by giving us the ability to access  the internet anywhere in the world. Therefore, wifi would be the first choice for anyone choosing due to its accessibility. Would all of this development in wireless technologies mean the Ethernet market is over? In Today’s article, we will go though the main difference between using the ethernet and wifi connections to help you in identifying which connection is best suited to your needs.

 

Wifi

D-Link Wifi Wireless Router

WiFi is a wireless technology that connects devices without any visible wired connection to the internet. This is the most common form of connection used today, which launched back in 1999.

 Ethernet 

An Omron Ethernet Cable

Ethernet was introduced back in 1973, and is a means to link computers in a LAN(Local Area Network). It consists of an Ethernet cable, gateway, crossover cable, and router, enabling computers to transfer data over to other devices within the network.

 

Which is faster, ethernet or wifi ?

Ethernet is simply better than Wi-Fi —  there’s just no way of getting around that fact. But the variations in the two might be less than you would expect. Thanks to the new standard protocols such as the 802.11ac and 802.11n, which give average speeds of 866.7 Mb / s and 150 Mb / s, Wi-Fi has improved considerably faster in the last two years. Even Though it is still a limited internet speed for connecting to all of the networks (and you certainly won’t get such speeds in the real world), Wi-Fi has been more than enough to perform much of our everyday tasks.

Internet Speed Comparison

WiFi was originally based on standard 802.11 g. The peak speed was 54Mbps. Using this interface, cell phones can be wired to the internet, although the connection speed was somewhat slower compared to using Ethernet – which can comfortably provide around 100Mbps-1,000Mbps and more. The 802.11ac is the new WiFi interface with rates up to 3200Mbps. For this modern standard, WiFi performs even further in terms of performance than Ethernet. However keep in mind that an ethernet connection delivers a stable speed as opposed to wifi which suffers from signal interference due to various factors.

Latency

It should also be kept in mind that the connection speed as well as the quality are not the factor to consider. Latency is the delay in which traffic travels from a device to its destination. In the online gaming community such as Valve’s DOTA or CS:GO, latency, which is usually referred to as ping, is an important factor that should be considered. Reaction time must be fast and the same is valid in the field of IoT data world as well. If you wish to prevent frustrating lags or delays when playing these kinds of games, then the best solution is to use an Ethernet. Less latency is given by wired connections.

Conclusion

WiFi and Ethernet both have their advantages and disadvantages and they depend on multiple factors, such as interference, medium standard, standard protocol, latency etc. WiFi is more common these days but there are still some major advantages of Ethernet links. As such, making your decision based on what you need as using wifi can get you through your normal daily activities while using the ethernet will provide a consistent internet connection.

 

 

 

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