Ethernet, what is it and why could you benefit from using it in your home office?
Crazy to think that we are nearing a year of home working! A concept that most businesses hadn’t previously considered pre-covid. Many companies have seen the benefits that working from home can bring. Less time wasted in meetings, less travel expenses, more efficient use of time to name just a few. It is likely that many will adopt this new style of working on a more longer term basis, allowing employees greater flexibility with a home office set up.
But how can you help your employees become even more efficient at home? Ethernet is how…
What is Ethernet?
Ethernet is a wired network that connects computers and other network devices in a physical space. Often known as local area network (LAN).
An Ethernet connection allows computers and other devices to share files, information and data between each other efficiently and securely.
The difference between a WiFi and Ethernet connection is that a WiFi connection transmits data via a wireless signal as opposed to the Ethernet connection which transmits data via a cable. Neither option requires internet connection to function.
The main benefit of the Ethernet connection is that it is generally faster and provides greater reliability and security than WiFi, improving connectivity overall.
Why use Ethernet at home?
- Ethernet is extremely reliable!
- It’s secure making it far more difficult for someone to compromise your network traffic
- It’s considerably faster than WiFi connections
- Ethernet has high distance range meaning connection isn’t disrupted between floors in the house
How to install Ethernet
It is likely that you are using some form of Ethernet at home (Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Games consoles etc). Many consumer broadband installations use a residential gateway that incorporates WiFi and some broadband access device, like a cable modem or optical network terminal. These terminals will have at least one or more additional Ethernet ports on them, allowing you to expand your Ethernet network easily.
If you need additional Ethernet ports, you can buy a switch allowing you to add more network interfaces.
There are higher-end models available. These are called managed switches and are more expensive as they have special security capabilities. This kind of set up would usually be used for small to medium sized businesses.
If you have any questions on Ethernet and how you could benefit or install it either for yourself or your teams, please get in touch with us and we can talk you through all your options.
Call 01242 580654.