How do you really know if you are getting the most out of your internet speed? You run a speed test and everything looks fine but when you go to Netflix on your smart TV it sits there loading. So what is the problem? It could be that your wireless router is not supporting your smart TV. The best solution would be to hard wire that device. Now that I have you curious let’s dig deep.
Here are a few areas that may require a hardwired connection over Wi-Fi:
Large File Transfers: You won’t notice much of a difference when you’re transferring small files between computers on your local network, but as soon as you need to transfer something over 1GB or so, your wireless connection can really start to show its true colors.
Gaming: Any gamer that’s tried to play multiplayer over a bad connection knows how annoying it can be. You think you’re rocking only to realize your connection was lagging for 10 seconds and you’ve just been killed twice. A more reliable wired connection will keep that from happening.
Movies: Services like Netflix and Hulu Plus are the future of video entertainment, but a lot of Wi-Fi connections can choke on streaming HD content. Not only will your picture be less than stellar, but movies can take a while to buffer before they become watchable depending on how far you are from the router, how much interference you have, and so on. A straight wired connection will always get you crystal clear HD and quick streaming, so you don’t ever have to worry about seeing a “buffering” message. Even if you’re using something like iTunes to download a movie, it can seem like it takes an eternity over wireless, which isn’t fun when you want to watch a movie right now.
Video Chat: Like streaming movies, video chat needs some pretty serious bandwidth to give you smooth, high-resolution video. Sure, you could make do with a blurry, choppy video, but you might as well be on a phone call at that point. For really good video chat sessions, you’ll want to wire up. – lifehacker
Best reasons to use Wi-Fi:
Mobile: Freedom to access the Internet from anywhere within the signal range and move your devices around your home – anywhere within the WiFi signal range – without losing your connection. Take any mobile device, like a laptop, into any room and still have Internet access, no extra work required.
Multiple Devices: Ability to access other devices connected to your network, for example, multiple computers can use one printer without a directly wired connection.
Unlimited Data on all Devices: Access to the Internet on devices like smartphones and tablets to download books, music, movies and apps, or surf the web.
No Wires: Freedom from the hassle of installing wired connections in different rooms.
A fixed Ethernet connection is likely to be fast, stable and deliver consistent speeds. This is great when you do not need that device to be mobile. Wired is the best in order to receive your fastest internet connection. If you’re a pretty big gamer and your gaming system does not get a consistently fast connection then you will benefit from a wired connection.
Wi-Fi depends on countless environmental factors. Signal can be blocked by walls and floors. Other wireless devices can interfere which could including things like microwaves, baby monitors and cordless phones, as well as nearby routers using the same channel. As you move around your home, you can see the strength of your Wi-Fi network connection fall and rise, affecting speed accordingly. You may even have black spots in your home where the Wi-Fi signal doesn’t reach at all. Wireless is great to be able to walk around and take your device anywhere in your home. Great feature in our go go go lifestyle we live today.
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