Internet connections have made great strides in no time. It seems incredible that only twenty years ago, to be able to even connect to the web, you had to wait a good quarter of an hour, letting the noisy 32k or 56k modems work. At the time, it was impossible to download or upload files to the web: 3 megabytes (the equivalent of an MP3 song) required at least an hour to wait. At the time, it was also necessary to use internal modems to be mounted in your PC, as the various telephone companies did not have any router to give customers.
Things have improved slightly with the arrival of ISDN modems which at the time were a real revolution, overtaken in a short time by the still-used ADSL. Nowadays, we can have connections of incredible speed thanks to VDSL and fiber, capable of downloading and uploading data quickly.
The favorite connections of the moment are wifi, in particular 4G technologies and the upcoming 5G, used to allow the connection of portable devices such as smartphones and tablets to the network.
Some still prefer to use the suitable old LAN cable, which could rightly give you some doubts, especially if you decide which type of connection to opt for.
The LAN cable connection now seems almost outdated as wifi connections become faster and more reliable. However, the wired connection to the internet remains one of the favorites of gamers and those who have to download large amounts of data, as it is still more stable than a wireless connection.
Online gaming is a phenomenon that has taken the world by surprise and attracts more and more fans, mainly thanks to the possibility of showing their games in streaming. During the quarantine due to Covid, there was a real boom of players who filled the servers of the most popular games, such as Call of Duty: Warzone. To play at a high level in multiplayer games, it is necessary to have a stable connection that guarantees a ‘minimum’ lag. This allows you to avoid delays in the commands that could affect the game’s performance.
Similarly, wired connections are the favorite of streamers, as streaming data in real-time requires very high speeds, without which there would be a risk of delaying the upload of the video on the streaming channel.
In terms of performance, therefore, the LAN cable still comes out as the winner, but it has a significant disadvantage: the size of the cable. Therefore, if your PC or game console is far from the router, you will need to find a solution to not run the cable across the room, for example, by running it through the wall.
Now used in most home and office environments, the wifi connection is more practical than the LAN one, as it permits you to connect to the internet without using cables. Furthermore, with a single wifi router, you can connect all the devices in the house, so it is beneficial if you use the internet connection for smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The wifi network can also be shared with friends and relatives who visit you, giving them the access password (usually located under the provider’s router).
As for speed, wifi performs quite well, especially since the latest versions allow you to send and optimally receive data. But, of course, to get the best results, you need a good router and maybe a wifi amplifier to extend the signal to the whole house or office without significant performance losses.
You can also use the wifi connection to play and download games from the digital stores of the various game consoles or PCs, but clearly, expect a different performance than the LAN, especially in terms of ‘ping’ in online gaming.
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