Skip to comments.Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet: Has wireless killed wired?
Posted on 01/23/2014 7:01:10 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
As home networks have increased in popularity, so has the wireless router. The rise of Wi-Fi has also caused the downfall of wired networks (in homes, at least), and many consumers now see Ethernet cords as being rather old-fashioned that is, if they see them at all. Some newer computer models, like Apples MacBook Air, dont even have ports for Ethernet connections anymore.
The blistering connection speeds offered by todays Wi-Fi standards do make wired networks appear a bit of a relic, but appearances can sometimes be deceiving. Though Wi-Fi has improved significantly over the last five years, it is not perfect. So is there still a place for Ethernet in the home?
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My house is wired for Ethernet. I ran the wires myself. I shall never, and I repeat, NEVER trust wireless. The cable modem has wireless capability but I disabled it.
I use wireless for my printer and Roku boxes. I have 3 PCs and a media server that are connected via Ethernet. I’m on a 150/35 FIOS connection and wouldn’t come close to those speeds with wireless.
I don’t trust wi-fi. I am wired.
Wireless has it’s place.
I bought a house that was already built and running hard wired ethernet is simply not worth the effort of punching holes in the drywall and repairing them in order to place recepticles.
There are devices (computers and printers) that are hard wired, and then things like this laptop, iPads and similar that are wireless.
A place and a purpose for everything.
I prefer wired Ethernet, for one reason: no worries about Wi-Fi interference problems.
I have 2 phones, 2 tablets,2 laptops, and a printer running off a 20 mps broadband WiFi . They all work fine through my home from a Uverse gateway. The only problem device was a Sony Blue-ray player which I had to hard wire
It also really helps to be wired if you download videos to the net like Youtube. WiFi often just doesn’t cut it. Too many halts and drop outs.
Heeheehee....still on dial-up :-)
Similar to the way cellphones have replaced many landlines.
I have a wireless ROKU box, WD TV box, laptop, WD NAS 3TB hard drive, and an XEROX color laser printer that are all wireless.
The NAS drive holds a lot of movies and TV programs I have collected. I can watch them on my LCD TV through the WD TV box or the ROKU box.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Last week, I did some traveling on Greyhound. First time since basic training in 1980 that I've been on a bus.
It was actually pretty nice, and using my tablet, and the Greyhound free wireless connection, I was able to freep without a problem.
uhhh.... let me get this straight. You don’t trust wireless. Because I assume you think someone could be tapping it? Sooo.... what makes you think you can trust wired? You really think thats more secure?
>> You really think [wired is] more secure?
Using wired ethernet can eliminate that risk.
Eventually I’m going to run Ethernet to the Roku’s. They are in a tough location but it’s probably a good idea.
Absolutely wired is more secure if even from the thieving neighbors.
“Trust it in what way?”
Keeping the thieving neighbors from accessing the internet on my dime.
We have an Xbox, PS3, 2 tablets, 2 desktops, 2 laptops, 2 rokus, 2 android phones running on wireless. At any given time we are playing a game and streaming at least one video source (netflix, amazon, youtube, etc). No problems. Runs like a charm.
“I have 2 phones, 2 tablets,2 laptops, and a printer running off a 20 mps broadband WiFi . They all work fine through my home from a Uverse gateway. The only problem device was a Sony Blue-ray player which I had to hard wire.”
Whatever floats your boat. However, you should consider the security issue.
Arris router modems do not work with Linux laptops. We had a new modem installed, it’s so much faster.... if you have Windows. I could connect if I had about 20 ft of Cat 5 ethernet cable though.
I have actually given my neighbor our wifi password to help his daughter out with downloading a file for school. His network wasn’t working and it was the weekend. Hooked him up and he downloaded the file in a flash through my house walls, across the yard between us and his house wall.
He had the cable company out the next day for the whole day, but none the less, got him taken care of for the day.
Wireless (well actually our in-house Router) gets turned off every night....use it for ROKU, and sometimes laptop when “unhooked”. Have a love/hate relationship with wireless.
save for later
The NSA can get around that, but script kiddies and most others can't. The ones that can, have jobs and pay for their own internet access.
No network, wired or wireless is 100% secure. If you are doing something that sensitive, it should be on a computer not connected to a network at all.
Before too long you’ll be running your, HVAC, lights, window blinds, home security, Refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, toaster and more, all wireless.
Soo much for the guys that were wiring “Smart homes”.
“You really think that’s more secure?”
Absolutely it is more secure. It keeps the thieving neighbors from getting internet access on my dime. In addition, it keeps people ( AND Big Brother ), from cruising the streets looking for open networks. They might find open networks but not at this house.
Also, I have never seen a wireless network that is as fast as a wired network. They cannot be compared speed-wise.
I've got a couple of 100 footers around. And a box of Cat 5 and a bag of connectors you could borrow if you were closer. ;)
Whatever floats your boat. ;-)
“No network, wired or wireless is 100% secure. If you are doing something that sensitive, it should be on a computer not connected to a network at all.”
I did not say that wired is 100% secure but what I do know is that it is MORE secure than wireless.
I have only one computer on the internet. The others are isolated. ;-)
I have a keypad for my house door lock. I have looked into the wireless lock... it intrigues me. And the ability to turn lights off and on by logging into a site.
I only have one neighbor close enough to maybe barely be within range of my wireless, and she's a rich, single mom... born again Christian. I'm not too worried about it.
They need more Channels, at least until the 5 GHz band makes more headway.
When everyone in the area is on Channel 6, it causes problems.
If you look at ADT “pulse”, it is a start.
I think there are more advanced systems out there.
The key, from what I understand, is a type of RFID chip.
“Before too long youll be running your, HVAC, lights, window blinds, home security, Refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, toaster and more, all wireless.
Soo much for the guys that were wiring Smart homes.”
True this. Read a story somewhere about how offices being designed today are done so with wireless as the primary connection method. Thousands of feet of wiring, labor involved in the wiring, physical engineering considerations to route the wiring.....poof. All gone. Wireless networks replace them all at a fraction of the cost.
I connect via cell signal and WiFi via cell signal and my service and capacity are only getting better. I live in a semi-rural area around DFW and my speeds have increased about 50% in the last year.
we have 2 phones, 3 XBoxes, at least 3 laptops and a tablet running what is supposed to be 50 mbps
Most new blu ray players have wireless capability built in now.
Just turn on WPA2 with a strong pass phrase.
player is WiFi yet it would stall from time to time.
Have you changed your WiFi password since then?
Why would you not just secure your wireless network?
Exactly. You can restrict access to particular MACS.
Plus the regular 64/128 bit password phrase/encryption stuff.
My AP will also stop sending the SSID nodename out, so it shows up on non-secured devices, but shows up as “UNKNOWN”
Nope. Fascinatingly enough, I actually like my neighbors, moderately. The block looks out for each other. Just this morning, after the snow, he shoveled and snowblowed my driveway after we had to be off for work. Like he does everytime it snows, for the whole neighborhood.
Another neighbor uses her Amazon Prime to place orders for anyone in the neighborhood. Another neighbor babysits our dogs for us when we are on vacation. Another neighbor does concrete work, and had a job last year where they dug up a lawn, brought us the grass as we have been landscaping the property after moving in.
I could go on. So, if they want to get on my network from time to time, I have no problem with it.
BECAUSE TEH INTARWEBZ.
Do I think wire is more secure then wireless...ah yes.. now back to writer my acl’s
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