There are a few things I haven't tried since college: four-night bar benders, fruity pebbles on pizza and plugging an Ethernet cord into my laptop. Ever since I've moved into my own place, I've always had a wireless connection for checking emails and web browsing. But now that we're all leaning on our computers more and more for entertainment and utility, it's becoming clear that there are a few different times when you'll want to plug in.
The life-hacking folks at Lifehacker have reminded us that, while most of the time we're fine working from a wireless connection, wi-fi is much slower compared to a wired-in connection.
For that reason, there's a few times when you'll want to dig an Ethernet cord out from that copy paper box of spare wires (you know you have one...) and get connected for a faster experience, according to Lifehacker:
- Large file transfers, anything over 1GB or so.
- Multiplayer online gaming
- Streaming or downloading high-def movies
- Video chatting
But we can think of a few other times when it could be helpful to wire up for faster speeds:
- When several people are using your network, whether it's your big family or a study group.
- Serious multi-tasking, like if you're catching a quick Netflix flick while you transfer files in the background.
If you still need a little connection help, check out our post on How to Speed Up Your Internet Connection by 50%.