Ethernet vs Wi-Fi: Which Is Better?

Wireless connection is no longer a flashy feature as majority are now adopting it as the general standard of every emerging worlds’ technology, making usage of Ethernet cables less relevant in today’s technological world.

Even though we are yet to see anyone use Ethernet cables with their Smartphones and even when we all know it is not as comfortable as using a wireless network, yet, Ethernet still has some great advantages over wireless connection as it offers:

 — Reliable connections

 —  Lower latency

 — Faster Speed

 In practical use, Wi-fi signals are susceptible to various disturbances like Radio waves, barriers like walls and even atmospheric changes can easily weaken the signal strength. Ethernet on the other hand really outshines wireless connections here as it gives a stable speed as expected of a bounded medium of data transfer.

This difference in signal strength is normally seen when you are downloading a huge file or streaming a video in 1080p or above.


Data sent via Ethernet can only be accessed by the sender and the receiver of the data at both ends of the cable. Which makes security undoubtedly the best feature Ethernet has to offer.

This can not be said about Wireless or Wi-Fi connections since the data is sent through the air, anyone who can crack the encryption to get your data could easily do that. This is why using open Wi-Fi is not at all secure and pose a great threat to your security. A good Anti-virus software is enough to buttress this. 

Even though Ethernet has many advantages over Wi-Fi, it doesn’t make sense to use a wired connection all the time with your laptop. The performance factor is almost same in both the cases, but if you are picky then Ethernet is the one for you.


When it comes to speed of data transmission, Ethernet has a slight upper hand on Wi-Fi but you are trading a marginal speed difference for the comfort of taking your device to anywhere with-in the Wi-Fi range.

When Wi-Fi first hit the market with its 802.11g standard, it became a bottleneck for the people with great internet speeds since 54Mbps is the band limit compared to 1000Mbps of Ethernet. However, with the latest Wi-Fi standards like 802.11ac, this is no longer a problem. The band limit is now 3200Mbps which is far greater than the internet speeds in most houses nowadays.

Having reviewed both Wired / Ethernet and Wireless / WI-FI connections with Ethernet outshining Wi-fi, the question now is “would you still stick to Wireless or Wired connections?” Kindly drop your views through comments.
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