Is 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet better than WiFi 6E?

WiFi 6E vs 2.5 Gigabit EthernetFirst of all, it’s finally happened: 2.5 Gbps Ethernet is HERE!

It’s already rolling out, and consumer-grade 2.5 gig switches will arrive shortly.

The other big news is the unveiling of WiFi 6E.

A new flavor of WiFi 6, the 6E variant adds the 6GHz radio band and speeds of up to 11Gbps… Or so they say.

So, the question is: stick with wired, or go WiFi 6E wireless? Which is faster?

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Is Wi-Fi 6 really that much better?

How good is Wi-Fi 6?There’s a new flavor of Wi-Fi in town: Wi-Fi 6!

In case you’re confused, I’m talking about IEEE 802.11ax, the successor to 802.11ac (which is now called Wi-Fi 5).

Are you confused yet?

While I’m not a terribly big fan of wireless stuff, Wi-Fi 6 does include several improvements that increase capacity and speed for more connected users.

The question is: does Wi-Fi 6 go far enough, or is wired still better?

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No more WiFi, Part 2: Home Powerline Networking and MoCA

Powerline Networking and MoCA adapters for home networkingSo you’ve read all the studies about our Wireless Wonderland, and you’d like to go wired.

You’ve also watched my first video, No More WiFi: How to wire your home for internet.

You’re not big on drilling holes and running cables everywhere, so you decide to use powerline ethernet or ethernet over coax.

Before you go that route, there are a few things you should know about these two home networking solutions.

Not only are they generally more expensive than ethernet cabling, but they’re also usually not as fast or reliable…

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No more WiFi: How to wire your house for Internet

So you’ve read all the studies about our Wireless Wonderland, and you’d like to go wired.

Wire your house with ethernetBut where to even start?

It turns out that wiring up your house or apartment with ethernet cables and switches is WAAAAY easier than most people think.

It’s literally a plug-n-play kind of thing.

There are a few things to keep in mind though before purchasing gigabit ethernet switches and Cat 7 ethernet cable…

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Another reason to skip WiFi and go Full Ethernet

These days, WiFi is everywhere. Even your washing machine probably has it. 😉

I typically don’t recommend using WiFi due to the huge amount of evidence indicating that it’s probably not the best thing for your health.

But there’s another reason to go back to cables…

WiFi is quite often WAAAY slower than most people think. In fact, it’s very rare that you will get anywhere near the maximum speeds advertised when you buy a WiFi access point or router.

What to do, what to do?

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How to use Ethernet for your Smartphone or Tablet

Ethernet for smartphones and tablets

Many people have asked me how to use ethernet instead of WiFi with their tablet or smartphone.

While the idea is simple enough, getting ethernet to actually work with your gizmo can be anything but easy…

Some devices simply won’t work with certain USB-Ethernet dongles, and other devices won’t work at all with any dongle – period.

So, the short answer is: it’s complicated!

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Choosing ethernet cables for maximum speed

I was reading a French forum recently, and the folks there were discussing their 1 gigabit fiber internet connections. Lucky them!

Someone posted and remarked that his download speeds were nowhere near 1 Gbps, but more like 80 Mbps.

He then asked if his ethernet cable mattered, and the response was along the lines of, “Yes, and make sure you get one with good connectors.”

Well, um… Yes and No.

So, this is everything you need to know about choosing a good ethernet cable for your wired network. It’s much simpler than it seems!

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Run cables the easy way: with a hot glue gun

Hot Glue Cable ManagmentLet’s say you’ve got ethernet cables running all over the floor because you don’t want to use WiFi.

Or maybe you want to install another phone jack, but you want to route the cable nicely along the baseboards.

Of course, routing cables inside the walls is always the prettier option, but it’s also not easy to do in a finished house.

Well, I have a new friend, and she’s a hot glue gun. As her name implies, she’s rather attractive – and very handy when it comes to routing those cables in no time flat!

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Quick Fix: Laptop ethernet doesn’t work

The Amazing Ethernet DongleMost people these days use WiFi. I’m not one of them, because the idea of being bathed 24/7 in multi-gigahertz radio waves just isn’t that appealing.

If you’re like me, then that means you’re using the ethernet jack on your puter. And if your puter is a laptop, you may run into a terribly annoying situation where your ethernet just stops working one day.

In a laptop, you can’t replace the ethernet jack and internals without replacing the entire motherboard…

Fortunately, there’s a quick and cheap way to get your ethernet back up and running – without breaking the bank!

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