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Why Ethernet Cable Has A Bright Future

May 17, 2023

Mainly, we usually connect computers with cables. but we can also use tv ethernet ports and other devices, even mobile phones with corresponding adapters. Although it may seem like we’re heading towards the disappearance of the network cable, there are reasons to use it.

Keep in mind that there are different types of Ethernet cables. not everyone has the same pace, nor will they reach the same distance. Therefore, choosing the right model to use will be key to getting a good connection and avoiding problems affecting you while browsing the Internet.

A primary reason to use Ethernet cables now and in the future dissonance With the latest Wi-Fi protocols. If you want to get the maximum speed through a wireless network, today you need devices with Wi-Fi 6. This applies to both the router and the devices you connect to it. Of course, if you buy the Wi-Fi 6e model your Wi-Fi network card will also need to support it if you want to connect to the new 6GHz band, otherwise you won't be able to "see" the wireless network. Models such as the Intel AX210 and Intel AX211 are compatible with this new band as well as other Broadcom and Mediatek models that we can find in laptops.

This lack of compatibility may result in us having to use network cables to get the maximum speed. A CAT 6 Gigabit Ethernet cable, for example, allows you to achieve symmetric 1 Gbps without any problems. The same speed is more difficult to achieve via Wi-Fi, which is why we commented on the incompatibility with the latest protocols.

Cat 6 cables can actually deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps if we have the appropriate network equipment, however, we will always achieve these speeds over short distances. If you want to set up a multigigabit or 10G network, we recommend that you purchase Cat 6A cable or Cat 7 cable. Right now reels of Cat 7 cable are around €50 per 50 metres.

You should note that if you purchase Cat 7 cable to crimp yourself, you’ll also need an RJ-45 Cat 7 connector and corresponding compatible crimper. Lastly, this cable is much more rigid than Cat 6.

we should also mention coverage, We don't always have Wi-Fi access throughout the house. It's common to have dead zones, places where the signal reaches the weakest. In these cases, although we have the option of having repeaters and other devices, it may still be necessary to connect by cable.

In the future, even if technology improves, coverage problems will still exist. We have to rely on third party tools, at least in many cases. On the other hand, having a good network cable installation at home will allow us to connect to the Internet with greater stability and speed.

you also have to think about technology future that may come. Today we have some common, and basic, gigabit technology. That is, network cards and routers that typically support up to 1 Gbps symmetric. But slowly we will see more devices that can support up to 10Gbps. Right now, the highest-end routers have 10G ports for both WAN and LAN, in this way, we can make up for the 10Gbps connections that currently exist with operators like Orange or Digi.

In a few years, the amount of optical fiber we can rent will exceed what we currently have. We’re going to be able to use the cloud at greater speeds, use virtual reality, etc. Although Wi-Fi will improve, it will be necessary to use cable for high and stable speeds, at least initially.

The second reason is that we can find many devices in which ethernet ports, We are talking not only about computers or TVs, for example, but also about the devices that we use to improve the Internet signal. We can find PLC devices, mesh systems or wireless repeaters that have one or more Ethernet ports.

This makes it possible to connect other wired devices to them. For example, you can move the connection from one place in the house to another through PLC devices and connect an Ethernet cable television. This way you will get more stability of connection or even faster speed when using Wi-Fi.

As you can see, if we look into the future, Ethernet cables are here to stay, at least for a while. Although wireless networks have improved, the truth is that there will always be some limitations that must be taken into account.

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