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Battle of Internet Connection Types: What’s The Difference Between WiFi and Ethernet?

Jan 23, 2023 by Gracey Maala

3 min read


The Internet is more than a helpful tool. It is, without a doubt, one of the most important inventions in all of modern history. It has become necessary because of its power to alter our world and how we live, as it has completely changed how we work, learn, and communicate!

Should you go wired or wireless?

The two kinds of connection are Ethernet and WiFi, wired and wireless respectively. While everyone loves the convenience of WiFi (plus, it's clutter-free and available nearly everywhere you go), it’s not always your best option. Let’s find out why!


WiFi vs. Ethernet: What’s the difference?

Ethernet delivers an Internet connection to your device via a connected cable. WiFi, however, has that same connection wirelessly by broadcasting a network that devices can connect to.

Ethernet is a wired Internet connection with the technical name IEEE 802.3. It is a standard communication protocol used in wired local area networks (LANs). Ethernet tends to be faster, with the disadvantage of needing to be plugged directly into the device. WiFi is an alternative to wired technology widely used for connecting devices in wireless mode. So now, let’s look at WiFi vs. Ethernet in terms of speed, latency, and mobility.



Ethernet connections can support up to 10 Gbps, while the current maximum speeds with WiFi are limited to 6.9 Gbps. The speeds on an Ethernet connection are faster and more reliable. The signal is being sent directly to the device rather than being broadcast, which is the main reason for this. This straightforward approach allows the full strength of the signal to reach the device and has fewer variables that could affect signal strength, such as interference from other electronics.



Both WiFi and Ethernet have latency issues. However, latency is significantly lower with an Ethernet connection. Those who use your Internet for much gaming would want the latency to be as minimal as possible. This will guarantee a low ping while playing and no lag. Ethernet provides significantly better performance and virtually no latency, making it the better choice for gaming. Moreover, local environmental factors and interferences in a wireless setup contribute to more latency in WiFi networks.



WiFi is more convenient than Ethernet for the apparent reason of mobility. An Ethernet cable limits mobility, usually down to a fixed position. Wireless Internet means no cables and no cables, and no ports. Hence, WiFi is perfect for people who are always on the go and want to simultaneously access the Internet from several locations.


Their pros and cons


It is also worth considering that Ethernet ports on a device are rare these days. While most desktop computers still have them, many laptops and tablets ship without them. That means you need to purchase adapters to connect.

To sum up, WiFi gives us mobility, while Ethernet gives us reliability. Ultimately, the WiFi vs. Ethernet debate depends on what you need. Both are good for different uses! So choose the one that fits your needs the best, or you could select both and use whichever one works best.


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