Like many things in life, choosing the avenue for your internet transmission often comes down to convenience vs. performance.
In this case, that means choosing between WiFi and Ethernet cabling.
WiFi is an absolute lifesaver when you’re on the go: it helps you conserve data and doesn’t require you to cart around an Ethernet cord. But when you’re at home it’s much easier to put a premium on performance, making the WiFi vs. Ethernet cord debate much more relevant.
With the National Broadband Network (NBN) steadily making its way around Australia, it’s time to find out just which access tactic is best for you.
The restrictions of WiFi
The same problems that have always dogged WiFi still apply. These include heavy usage in your immediate area slowing you down, as well as things like walls and various electronic waves disrupting your connection. The location of your residence and the location of the router within your residence can also deplete signal strength.
So, what’s best?
The short answer is that there is a time and place for WiFi and Ethernet usage respectively. There are different situations in which one method of connectivity might be more applicable than the other. Here are some examples of scenarios where one would be better than the other:
There’s no completely right or wrong answer when it comes to WiFi vs. Ethernet. It’s wise to use Ethernet when at home if you’re really concerned with data speed and latency problems. If you’re trying to watch streaming video, play games or download or upload massive files, you’re better off plugging in. Otherwise, enjoy the freedom of WiFi.
Regardless of what you prefer, the NBN will soon be here to revolutionise your online experience. Check out the NBN FAQ page to get all the information you need.
Which do you prefer? WiFi or Ethernet? Let us know in the comments below.
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