Thursday, May 28, 2015

WiFi or Ethernet? It's Still a Wired, Wired, Wired World

Ever wondered why your WiFi connection seems slower than when you plug your computer directly into an Ethernet wall jack? That’s because it probably is. Once again, the folks at How To Geek give a good technical breakdown of WiFi vs. wired, and why it matters. They talk a little bit about the up-and-coming 802.11ac WiFi standard, which we’ll be looking at a little more closely here in the coming months as well, and how that will help wireless connections run more quickly. But within the article’s premise is also a further explanation of why it’s important, in an apartment setting, to place Cat-6 cable jacks (or at least Cat-5e ones) in locations where high bandwidth devices such as smart TVs and game consoles will be set up. In those cases, less latency (i.e., more speed) will definitely translate into happier residents.  

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