Blog Entry #12

Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet

This battle has been going on for some time now, and there are many loyal fans for both. So, which one is the best? Let's see if we can figure it out...

Wi-Fi stands for Wireless Fidelity. The newest version is Wi-Fi 6. The older standards were wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac mostly. There were some others but they were quickly replaced. Wi-Fi uses no cables or wires to connect to the internet. It works for most people with very little issues. Wi-Fi is not as fast as Ethernet, but it does work pretty quickly. It usually give about 25-50% of the speed Ethernet is capeable of. 

Ethernet is internet by wire. It's lightning fast and more secure. It also helps that with Ethernet, you are directly connected to the modem, so there is little interference between you and the access point. Of course, the longer your cable, the slower your speed will be. This is because the distance the data has to travel will impact the quality of your internet speed, but it shouldn't be by a lot. CAT 8 cables will give you the best transfer speeds, but for most people, CAT 6e is fine. Ethernet is faster, by a lot, than Wi-Fi. 

If you are going to play games such as MMO's, or watching and streaming movies and TV shows, or even downloading large files daily, Ethernet is the best way to go. But if you mostly go on social media, read email, and play some online games like candy crush, Wi-Fi is perfectly fine for that. Especially if you have Wi-Fi 6 and use the 5Ghz band, you can squeeze a lot of juice out of a Wi-Fi connection. Also, make sure you have at least a 75 mbps or better internet plan from your ISP. That is crucial and that is important for both Wi-Fi and Ethernet. 

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