Which is better: Wired or wireless?

Which is better: Wired or wireless?


When connecting your devices to the Internet,
you usually connect them with a wired connection, using an Ethernet cable, or a wireless, or
Wi-Fi connection. But what if you have a choice between both? Hi, I’m Mr. Noobie and today I’m going to
answer the question, which is better, wired or wireless? Let’s start with a quick definition of each
one. When you are using a wired connection, sometimes referred to as hard wiring your
device, you are physically connecting an Ethernet cable between your device and your Internet
router. Wired connections are common with stationary devices like a desktop computer. A wireless connection on the other hand, relies
on radio communication between your device and your wireless router. Wireless connections
are common with handheld devices like your tablet or your smartphone. So which one should you choose? Well, the
answer depends on a couple of factors. The most obvious factor is convenience. With
modern devices like smartphone and tablets, wireless is your only choice. And with portable
devices like your laptop, which have the capability to go wired or wireless, you may find that
you prefer the freedom of roaming around your house with your device rather than be tethered
down with a wire. Another factor to consider is physical location.
Since a wired device requires a physical Ethernet cable connected to your Internet router, your
device will need to be physically located close to your router. A common example of
this is a home office where the Internet router sits on the same desk as the desktop computer. On the other hand, if your desktop computer
is 100 feet away from your Internet router, you’ll have to rely on in-wall wiring… or
a really long Ethernet cable! Keep in mind that one of the advantages of
a wired connection is speed. While wireless speeds are getting faster and faster every
year, they still can’t keep pace with a wired connection. Wired connections are also more reliable because
there is a direct one-to-one connection between your device and your Internet router. With a wireless connection, you may have to
deal with wireless traffic from your neighbors who may be operating on the same frequency
and channel as you. Here’s my best advice. When it’s feasible
to wire your device to your Internet router, do it. When it’s not feasible, be confident
with your wireless connection and enjoy the freedom of surfing the Internet with no wires. This tech tip has been brought to you by XFINITY.
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11 Replies to “Which is better: Wired or wireless?”

  1. Thank you, Noobie. Excellent video.
    Correctly if I am wrong. A wired router does only one function – routing. Wireless routers today are actually 3 or more components in one: Router, Switch, WiFi (+ dual-band, + NAS) access point. Wery often the wireless routers needs to be rebooted because too many operations assigned to one processor. Yes, ALL network appliances are small computers. I use to have Netgear RP114. It was working for 12 years with rebooting only when power outage. Unfortunately, it burned down internally. After I replaced with wireless I need to reboot every week or two.
    Q1: Do you know any good, reliable, long-term stable wired routers
    Q2: Are VPN Routers any good?

  2. I finally went wired with my Roku 4, i had enough of this Plex buffering shit and my Roku 4 is just on the other side of my room from the router. It is a long story anyway. Besides i was never a fan of this wifi shit. I prefer cabled with the internet to my computer and a signal to my Roku 4 player.

  3. Hard wired is better. It's inconvenient but better in my opinion. For the general user, wifi is better for them. But if you want the better performance and security. Hard wired all the way if possible.

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