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We've come full circle.The majority of users access the internet using wireless devices, like phones or laptops. These devices connect to the internet using Wi-Fi, wireless signals that broadcast throughout your house.
But if you've been using the internet for a while — or you have a desktop computer that you don't use Wi-Fi for — you'll probably be using an Ethernet cable instead. Ethernet cables are wires that physically connect your computer to a router or modem.
Ethernet cables can seem clunky or restricting, but they can substantially improve the speed and stability of your internet.
Here's what you need to know about Ethernet cables, how they work, and what makes them a handy alternative to Wi-Fi. An Ethernet cable 'hardwires' your computer to an internet connection
An Ethernet cable, sometimes referred to as a network cable, is a cord that runs from a router, modem, or network switch to your computer, giving your device access to the local area network (LAN) — in other words, giving it internet access.
Is Ethernet faster than Wi-Fi? Yes, and a hardwired connection offers other benefits as well
The benefit of hardwiring your internet connection is that it's faster and more consistent. Without walls or other objects blocking your Wi-Fi signals, you don't have to worry about sudden drops in internet speed.
Gaming with an Ethernet cable means less lag and faster loading times for multiplayer games. And every major game console can connect with an Ethernet port — although to connect a Nintendo Switch, you'll need an adapter.