The Times When Wireless Internet Doesn't Always Work

The Times When Wireless Internet Doesn't Always Work

Taryn Williford
Mar 17, 2011

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.

Yeah, yeah... we hate wires. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

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%.

(Images: Flickr member discomate licensed for use under Creative Commons, Flickr member fzurell licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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