Advantages Of Ethernet

In this article we discuss about advantages and disadvantages of ethernet. And what is ethernet.

What is Ethernet?

Like WLAN, Ethernet is a data transmission technology that enables data to be transmitted between different devices within a closed network. These devices can be PCs, servers, smart TVs, printers, projectors and all other ethernet-compatible devices. However, the transmission is not via radio, but via an Ethernet cable . It is nothing more than a LAN cable. These so-called twisted pair cables, copper or fiber optic cables are connected to your router and form your home network.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Ethernet

An Ethernet network offers a number of advantages, but also disadvantages, compared to a WLAN network.

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Advantages Of Ethernet Cable

  • Ethernet is many times faster than WLAN. It enables data transfer speeds of up to 10 gigabits / second. The maximum speed for WLAN is currently around 1 gigabit / second. And unlike radio technology, such theoretical transmission rates via cable are actually achieved.​​
  • With Ethernet, the full speed is available to every single directly connected device. The service available does not have to be shared.​​
  • Ethernet is free from the interference of a radio network.​​
  • For the Ethernet, it doesn’t matter whether walls or other interference elements are in the way, as long as a connection via cable is possible. The reception is consistently good in every room.​​
  • With a wired connection, you always have control over who is connected to your local network. Since a WLAN can still be received outside of your home, this network also poses a higher security risk.​​

Disadvantages Of Ethernet Cable

  • The required cables and other accessories such as suitable switches – these are the distributors to which the Ethernet cables are connected – cost more than the necessary utensils for a WLAN network. The larger and more complex your wired LAN is, the more expensive the installation will be.​​
  • Not all devices have Ethernet ports to plug in the cables.​​
  • Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets can connect to the home network via WLAN. Even laptops cannot be connected to the Internet from anywhere in the home via Ethernet, but rely on a cable​​. The LAN setup should provide a way for additional WiFi connectivity if you don’t want to do without a mobile internet connection.
  • If spreading of hardware is in several rooms, laborious laying of many meters of cables is necessary.