Although WiFi make things more convenient, it doesn’t mean everything in your home should be using a wireless connection. Consider this: wired connections offer higher bandwidth, less latency and more speed than a wireless connection does. Because of this, you should always use a combination of the two methods. So, the question is not should I use a wired or wireless connection, but rather what you should wire that you need to be concerned with.
When To Use A Wired Connection
The best way to remember what you should wire: if the device has an Ethernet port, use it. But by doing so, you free up bandwidth for your other devices. Some examples of when to use a wired connection include cable and satellite boxes, security cameras, Apple TVs, Smart TVs, gaming PCs, gaming consoles and devices used for high quality entertainment like streaming.
Additionally, when your connection requires low latency (lag), it should always be wired. At the most basic level, getting the most speed out of a wired home network relies on three things: the router’s speed, the capabilities of the device that is using the data and, of course, the Ethernet cable’s data-carrying capacity.
When To Use A Wireless Connection
Obviously, no one’s connecting their smartphones to the Ethernet, so for mobile devices, a wireless connection is the clear choice. However, because a wireless connection is subject to a lot more interference (as shown in the diagram above) than a wired connection, there are a few things to consider if you want to build the best home network.
From the layout of your home to the materials it’s built with and objects that can block the signal to interference from electrical devices or your neighbors wireless networks, there are many things that contribute to a wireless connection being generally less reliable. For this reason, it’s important to consider everything that can have an impact on the performance of your home network.