What is an Ethernet cable? Here's how to connect to the internet without Wi-Fi and get a speedier connection

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The majority of users access the internet using wireless devices, like phones or laptops. These devices connect to the internet using Wi-Fi, wireless signals that broadcast throughout your house.


But if you've been using the internet for a while - or you have a desktop computer that you don't use Wi-Fi for - you'll probably be using an Ethernet cable instead. Ethernet cables are wires that physically connect your computer to a router or modem.

Ethernet cables can seem clunky or restricting, but they can substantially improve the speed and stability of your internet.


Here's what you need to know about Ethernet cables, how they work, and what makes them a handy alternative to Wi-Fi.

https://www.businessinsider.in/tech...-speedier-connection/articleshow/81340020.cms

Apparently they have these ethernet? cables that make internet faster.

I'm stoked that this tech is almost everywhere.

Big thanks to Zarathustra[H] for bringing this article to my attention.
 

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You have to understand that there are idiots that put EVERYTHING in their homes on WiFi. Just assuming WiFi is the ambrosia of network tech. Until it sucks ass and then they don't know what to do as many people learned during COVID.

HA! It gets worse. Had an all hands meeting at work where they were discussing a new huge campus they are building. One of the things the one C level guy said is how much more modern and up to date it'll be. One of the major benefits is that is that ALL the buildings will be 100% wireless connectivity. All the phones, all the workstations, and all the laptops....all using WiFi. No need for outdated stuff like Ethernet.
 

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HA! It gets worse. Had an all hands meeting at work where they were discussing a new huge campus they are building. One of the things the one C level guy said is how much more modern and up to date it'll be. One of the major benefits is that is that ALL the buildings will be 100% wireless connectivity. All the phones, all the workstations, and all the laptops....all using WiFi. No need for outdated stuff like Ethernet.
That's why he's C level.
 

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HA! It gets worse. Had an all hands meeting at work where they were discussing a new huge campus they are building. One of the things the one C level guy said is how much more modern and up to date it'll be. One of the major benefits is that is that ALL the buildings will be 100% wireless connectivity. All the phones, all the workstations, and all the laptops....all using WiFi. No need for outdated stuff like Ethernet.

8 million things on wireless....what could go wrong lol. Later wonders why everyone is getting sub dial up speeds when they are all trying to do things over the network.
 

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8 million things on wireless....what could go wrong lol. Later wonders why everyone is getting sub dial up speeds when they are all trying to do things over the network.
I mean, it might work okay on a mesh network with multiple hard-wired access points placed carefully. But you'd have to have that planned out in advance and have a good trunk back to the isp or central hub.
 

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8 million things on wireless....what could go wrong lol. Later wonders why everyone is getting sub dial up speeds when they are all trying to do things over the network.
Including dropping connections constantly on each AP.
I could only imagine VoIP anything over Wi-Fi, just, wow.
 

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You be surprised how little kids know about computers. Everyone goes on how tech savvy kids are these days but they are just as dumb as their brand parents. Look at me I can use a iPad that is designed for the lowest common denominator to use. I have a grown ass woman that just got her first house and wonders why her laptops and iPads that didn't understand why the internet didn't work. I shit you not.
 
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I'm not surprised to see an article like that, heh. The idea of running ethernet directly to the computers in a house is pretty outdated for the average user, especially when the majority of those computers are laptops that might not even have ethernet ports. Never mind the idea of using it in a fixed location. A year into "work from home" as the normal for huge chunks of the population, and I still hear people talk about how they just camp out at their dining room table for the work day.

Anyways, faster wifi is a legit selling point for a lot of people. This is also why wifi 6 could be such a large performance increase for some setups and a good upgrade from wifi 5, as more and more devices end up using the radio waves.

Meanwhile, Galactica keeps everything hardwired and they managed to survive, so...
 

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3 pc's , server, and 8 security camera setup are all wired .. but 3 phones, 2 tablets, and an XBox One S are all wireless via 4 out dated UniFi AP's that are POE powered off of my Edgerouter X-SFP... found my SSID on here ... don't hack me please :sneaky:
 

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Well considering how many people I've seen complaining that their "Comcast wifi is down" it's not terribly surprising that there's a segment of the population who don't know anything about these ethernet cable thingies.
Tbf, the wireless portion of those rentals can often be sketchy at the best of times.
 

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Got 1-4 Ethernet ports in each room in the house , CAT7 and CAT6 , WiFi APs all connected to ethernet, no repeaters and such.
I use WiFi mainly for IoT devices (AC,Water heater etc.)
 

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Well considering how many people I've seen complaining that their "Comcast wifi is down" it's not terribly surprising that there's a segment of the population who don't know anything about these ethernet cable thingies.

Yes. Once ISPs started bundling wifi hardware with their service laypeople started referring to it as wireless internet.
It confused me the first time I heard a relative say it ~15 years ago. She said she needed a wireless internet provider like her friend had. Which ended up just being a wifi router the cable ISP provided (for a rental fee of course). They were also confused as to why they couldn't use the internet on their laptop outside their home.
 

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I'm not surprised to see an article like that, heh. The idea of running ethernet directly to the computers in a house is pretty outdated for the average user, especially when the majority of those computers are laptops that might not even have ethernet ports. Never mind the idea of using it in a fixed location. A year into "work from home" as the normal for huge chunks of the population, and I still hear people talk about how they just camp out at their dining room table for the work day.

Anyways, faster wifi is a legit selling point for a lot of people. This is also why wifi 6 could be such a large performance increase for some setups and a good upgrade from wifi 5, as more and more devices end up using the radio waves.

Meanwhile, Galactica keeps everything hardwired and they managed to survive, so...
My neighbor does this shit. He been WFH for a year almost and sits at his dining table. He sits on the wooden dining chairs all day too. Idk how he does it. When my computer chair broke and I used my dining chair for a day my back was killing me.

Tbf, the wireless portion of those rentals can often be sketchy at the best of times.
It sucks because Comcast makes their rental modems a hot spot for their customers. It could kill your wifi if too many people happen to connect to it.
 

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. I've always been a firm believer in ethernet connections. Will only use WiFi when absolutely necessary.

Ditto.

If something is stationary, it gets an ethernet run

The only things that use wifi on my network are devices that move around, so phones, tablets and laptops.

Everything else is wired.

It actually annoys me when manufacturers include wifi integrated on motherboards, because it forces me to pay for things I'll never use, that might even be a vulnerability.

I try to disable or tank them out wherever possible.
 

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This does read like one of those "find out what big companies don't want you to find out!"

The pc's and game consoles are wired in my house. Laptops and phones use the wifi
 

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Lol @ wifi my rooms and gear are all connected via fIber optic cabling. I must be from the stoneage.
 

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HA! It gets worse. Had an all hands meeting at work where they were discussing a new huge campus they are building. One of the things the one C level guy said is how much more modern and up to date it'll be. One of the major benefits is that is that ALL the buildings will be 100% wireless connectivity. All the phones, all the workstations, and all the laptops....all using WiFi. No need for outdated stuff like Ethernet.
Don't get it twisted, that C level turdbag just wants to save money on copper cabling and labor. He doesn't give two craps about being "modern". I know how those turds think.
 

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Structured wiring in newer homes is very helpful. Most stationary devices in my home are wired in.

the clickbaity headlines in this are comical.
 

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Wait until the next bombshell report that a budget unmanaged 8-16 port switch and a bunch of cheap CAT6 cables have a combined cost that is actually much CHEAPER than most "4K Steaming, Gaming, Fragging, and Thrashing OMGWTFBBQ! Amazing Unbelievable Speeds" wireless routers cost by themselves.
 
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