It's annoying when you run out of Ethernet ports on your router. That, or when you have a home entertainment centre and want wired connections for all your devices, but you don't want to string a bundle of Ethernet cables from your living room to wherever your router happens to be.
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Ethernet cables are the lifeblood of any wired internet network. While they all look very similar on the outside, these cables can potentially affect the speed of your home network depending on which type you're using. This infographic breaks down the key differences between Cat5, Cat5e and Cat6 ethernet cables, including how much you can expect to pay for them in Australia.
I rent a room in a house and one of my overlords is a former networking engineer for one of those companies here in the area. In other words, he knows his stuff. But I've encountered a perplexing issue with my room's networking setup that we haven't pinned down yet. And we'd prefer to find an easy solution before we start having to lay new ethernet cable through the wall or anything crazy like that.
If you aren't checking your Internet speeds on a weekly basis, you might not know when there's a problem. You aren't likely to notice a difference between 150 Mbps and 80 Mbps download speeds when you're browsing websites, watching (1080p) YouTube, or chatting with friends, but if you're downloading a huge Fortnite update, why drive in the slow lane?
Nothing is quite as reliable for your home internet as running Ethernet cable between rooms. In some cases, it might be easier to run cable along the outside, rather than inside your home. Here's how.
Most of use use wireless to connect the devices in our home, but as we've discussed before, wired is usually faster, even if it's through your wall with a powerline adaptor. With wireless AC, however, the game has changed a bit.
Traditional workplace networks rely heavily on Ethernet, but in environments dominated by laptops, tablets and phones the wireless component is arguably more important. Wi-Fi is more convenient for users, but one new report suggests it can also halve your overall business network setup costs by half.
Dear Lifehacker, I finally took your advice and went completely wired on my home network using a bunch of ethernet cables I had lying around. Some are Cat5 and others are Cat5e. Is there a difference? Is one faster than the other? What should I use?
Dear Lifehacker, Everything is going wireless nowadays. Optical drives are being removed from computers in favour of getting content from the internet, mobile data is becoming fast enough to replace wired connections for the average person, and there are few peripherals I really use anymore. Am I missing out by ignoring the wired world? What's still worth plugging in?
Web site Linux.com offers a few tips for taking advantage of the second Ethernet port on the back of your computer. For example, in Linux you can bond your two ports for load balancing and fault tolerance. ...bonding both of the computer's interfaces into a single interface.... The OS can alternate which interface it uses to send traffic, or it can gracefully fail over between them in the event of a problem. You can even use it to balance your traffic between multiple wide area network (WAN) connections, such as DSL and cable, or dialup and your next door neighbor's unsecured Wi-Fi.