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[Discussion] WiFi VS Ethernet: Differences Explained!

2019-02-11 22:29:27
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Hi Mi Fans!

Now, we all are living in a networking world. You've already heard about Ethernet and WiFi. Using one of them can help us to get a better wireless network experience. However, it's also true that we often get confused between these two terms. Both of the two connections have their own advantages and disadvantages. But when it comes about to choose either Ethernet or WiFi, we often forget what we must consider for making a clear understanding between these two. So, let's find that out in this thread! Continue the reading as I'm sure, you'll definitely get a clear view from this thread.

So, without wasting any more time, let's get started. First of all, let's see

What is WiFi?
WiFi is technology for radio wireless local area networking of devices, based on the IEEE 802.11 standards. Basically, WiFi is a trademark of the WiFi Alliance. Devices that can use WiFi technologies include desktops, laptops, video game consoles, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, digital audio players, cars, modern printers. Devices compatible with WiFi can connect to the internet via a WLAN and a wireless access point. Not only a single version but they're different versions of WiFi that actually exist with different ranges and radio bands and speeds. WiFi most commonly uses the 2.4 gigahertz and 5.8 gigahertz radio bands - those are mostly again subdivided into multiple channels..... Well, let's see now, what it stands for Ethernet. So,

What is Ethernet?
Ethernet is a family of computer networking technologies that commonly is used in Local Area Networks (LAN), Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN). It was first introduced in 1980 and first standardized in 1983 as IEEE 802.3, and has since retained a good deal of backward compatibility and been refined to support higher bit rates and longer link distances. Over time, Ethernet has largely replaced competing wired LAN technologies.

So, How they differ with each other?
Well, as you've known the basic things of these two, now, let's make a clear comparison between them. When it comes about Ethernet vs WiFi, there are many differences that can be considered as the topic such as speed, reliability, security, the latest technology and many more. Therefore, I think, I should include these.

✒Speed: WiFi with standards such as 802.11ac and 802.11n can actually be able to give us a speed of 866.7 Mbps and 150 Mbps, respectively. These are pretty fast and can actually fulfil most of our needs, especially when it comes about using the internet. On the other hand, Ethernet cables with standards (such as cat-5, cat-5e, cat-6 cables etc.) can offer up to 10 Gbps (for cat-6 cable). However, the most common cat-5e cable supports up to 1 Gbps. Ethernet is undoubtedly faster. So, if you’re using multiple devices at a single time, you should use an Ethernet cable.

See the difference in speed

✒Reliability: If we're talking about reliability, it's true that WiFi is less reliable of the two. Because a number of things can affect a wireless signal such as from other wireless devices to physical objects and walls. This interference can cause dropped signals, higher latency and even lower speeds at times. But it doesn't matter when you place your router in a better position for streaming online. But it’s also true that you will ever unlikely achieve the same performance that you will get from an Ethernet.

✒Security: Security is another big factor that needs to be considered in every case of the networking world. The data on an Ethernet network can only be accessed by devices, physically attached to the network. The connection needs firewalls to protect both devices (such as a laptop and a router). But there’s also the way that the data itself can be intercepted on the network. But in case of WiFi, all the data that you send and receive can be intercepted, including personal information and login details. That's why it's said that it's easy to hack a WiFi network than to a physical Ethernet cable.

✒Device Adaptability: Generally, WiFi is great for your mobile phones, tablets, laptops and even in some cases for PCs. But Ethernet is still where you really see a huge range of devices satisfied. Ethernet can be for desktops, access points, LED lighting, monitoring systems, surveillance cameras, VoIP phone systems, VDSL and DSLAM installations. These installations can happen in the home, across a campus or data centre, and even on the floor of a manufacturing plant.
Ethernet supports a lot of devices

Now, let's see it in a table:

Differences In
WiFi
Ethernet
Speed
WiFi with standards such as 802.11ac and 802.11n can actually be able to give us a speed of 866.7 Mbps and 150 Mbps, respectively.
Ethernet cables with standards (such as cat-5, cat-5e, cat-6 cables etc.) can offer up to 10 Gbps (for cat-6 cable). However, the most common cat-5e cable supports up to 1 Gbps.
Reliability
WiFi is less reliable of the two. Because a number of things can affect a wireless signal such as from other wireless devices to physical objects and walls. This interference can cause dropped signals, higher latency and even lower speeds at times.
When it comes about reliability, Ethernet is always a better choice than WiFi.
Security
All the data that you send and receive can be intercepted, including personal information and login details.
The data on an Ethernet network can only be accessed by devices, physically attached to the network. The connection needs firewalls to protect both devices (such as a laptop and a router). But there’s also the way that the data itself can be intercepted on the network.
Device Adaptability
WiFi is great for your mobile phones, tablets, laptops and even in some cases for PCs.
Ethernet can be for desktops, access points, LED lighting, monitoring systems, surveillance cameras, VoIP phone systems, VDSL and DSLAM installations.

Conclusion: Of course you should consider other factors such as latency, interference and many more to choose either Ethernet or WiFi. Generally, Ethernet offers better speed, lower latency and more reliable connections. WiFi, on the other hand, offers convenience and being good enough for most uses. So, if you ask me I shall obviously vote for Ethernet. What's yours?

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2019-02-11 22:29:27
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Well explained!
2019-02-11 22:34:24

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1577887693 | from Redmi Note 5 Pro

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Thanks nice information
2019-02-11 22:37:51

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Joseph Anderson | from Redmi Note 4

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Nice.         
2019-02-11 22:44:37

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Joseph Anderson | from Redmi Note 4

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Thanks for sharing
2019-02-11 22:44:56

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William Jacobson | from Redmi Note 4

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Thanks for sharing.
2019-02-11 22:46:24

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Vidhu Bhushan | from Redmi 4A

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Nice. Thanks.
2019-02-11 22:47:28

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5204684125 | from Redmi Note 4

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Thanks for sharing such a nice thread.

2019-02-11 22:58:16

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5204684125 | from Redmi Note 4

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what's the peak speed level of ethernet cat 6 cable?
2019-02-11 22:59:13

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J C Paul Author | from Redmi Note 4

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5204684125
what's the peak speed level of ethernet cat 6 cable?

Hi,

As I said in the thread, Ethernet cat-6 cable can offer up to 10 Gbps speed.

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2019-02-11 23:01:06

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piyush1976 | from Redmi Note 4

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Nice compilation
2019-02-11 23:29:47
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