Most users access the internet using wireless for phones and laptops. These devices connect to the internet using Wi-Fi, wireless signals that broadcast throughout your house or office.
But if you've been using the internet long term — or you have a desktop computer that doesn’t use Wi-Fi for, you'll probably be using an Ethernet cable. An Ethernet cable physically connects your computer to a router or modem.
An Ethernet cable improves the speed and stability of your internet connection.
Here is what you need to know about Ethernet cables, how they work, and what makes them superior to Wi-Fi.
An Ethernet cable is a cord that runs from a modem or router or network switch to your computer. An Ethernet Cable gives your device access to the local area network (LAN) and internet.
The benefit of an Ethernet Cable is that it is hardwired. This will make your internet connection faster and more consistent. Walls or other objects can block your Wi-Fi signals, causing sudden drops in internet speed.
Gaming with an Ethernet cable means less lag time and faster loading times for multiplayer games. Every major game console can connect with a standard Ethernet port.
Be careful not to unplug your ethernet cable while in use. Doing so will disconnect you from the internet. Ethernet cables are made to snap snugly into place, so it is difficult to pull them out accidentally.
Ethernet cables come in different lengths and colors. Both sides of an ethernet cable are the same, regardless of the brand of cable or device being connected.