Ethernet and All you need to know about it -

What is Ethernet Cabling?


Ethernet is a standard communication protocol used to create local area networks.  It transmits and receives data through cables – such as Cat5, Cat6, and so on.

Ethernet is faster than Wi-Fi as it uses cables for a wired connection and does not rely on radio waves; it is thus more stable and secure.

Though in the current era of wireless connection, Ethernet might seem outdated, but it remains highly useful for specific intensive tasks, which includes video streaming and virtual communication.

An Ethernet media converter is a device that supports communications between two different types of network media.


Types of Ethernet

Below are the types of ethernet cables: 

Fast Ethernet: It offers high speed approximately 100 Mbps while transmitting. For this Ethernet connection, users would need a Cat5 cable or twisted pair.

Gigabit Ethernet: Faster than the previous one, Gigabit Ethernet offers speed of about 1,000 Mbps or 1 Gbps. This connection is highly in demand and is replacing Fast Ethernet and phasing its predecessor. It supports video streaming and other more advanced tasks.

10-gigabit Ethernet: This connection has not gained a wide support as Gigabit Ethernet and Fast Ethernet but will eventually foster in the coming years. It offers speed of roughly 10 Gbps and users will require a Cat6a, Cat7 twisted pair cable, or other fibre-optic cables.


Advantages of Ethernet

Speed: An Ethernet connection has more speed than Wi-Fi because it uses a cable to transfer data, while a wireless network has its reliance on the comparatively slow and diffuse transfer of data over radio waves.

Stability: In comparison to Wi-Fi, Ethernet offers more stability in connection as it is dependent on tethered cables, dependency on wireless frequencies can’t consistently offer a stable connection.

Security: Ethernet connections offer greater security. Users can control who has access to the LAN; if someone isn’t connected to the LAN, they have no access to its data and devices.


Disadvantages of Ethernet

Ethernet requires empty router ports and cables, while many devices such as tablets and mobile phones don’t have built-in Ethernet ports, it becomes difficult to add users to an Ethernet network.

It is difficult to transport the hardwired, physical connection of Ethernet from one location to another or even from one device to another.

Ethernet connection is generally expensive as it requires various equipment for integration, also they take a considerable amount of time and energy. Professional support may be required at times if technical things are needed.

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