In today’s modern age, most devices use a wireless connection to connect to the internet, and even desktop computers are being made with the ability to connect to wi-fi (previously only laptops).
Of course, we’re all well aware of the benefits of wireless connectivity, such as convenience: the ability to connect a large number of devices without using wires (which is definitely a big plus because you don’t have to go through a painful wiring process).
so is there any need to connect to a router with the help of an ethernet cable? the answer is certainly yes. In this article, in addition to a detailed step-by-step guide to connecting your ethernet cable to your wireless router, we will also explain in which situations you should use this type of connection.
when to use ethernet cables to connect to a wireless router?
connecting to the internet via an ethernet cable may seem old-fashioned to some, like a throwback to the last century, but it’s not because it still has its benefits. although it is used much less than wi-fi, there are definitely a number of situations where this way of connecting devices makes sense.
Here are some of them:
- When you need minimal latency: Latency is the time it takes for data from your computer to reach its intended destination and then return to your device. latency (also known as delay or ping) can be higher or lower. If you use an ethernet cable to connect to the internet, it is significantly lower compared to a wi-fi connection. One of the situations where you need minimal latency is playing online games. Gamers are well aware of how embarrassing a situation can be when it comes to being late when playing an online game. In addition to playing online games, we also recommend using an ethernet cable for streaming and online conferencing.
- when you want a higher level of security: Connecting to the internet with an ethernet cable is much more secure than a wireless connection. allows you to physically connect to your network equipment.
- when you need full speed: If you want to test your internet speed, we recommend using ethernet cables to connect to the router (wi-fi does not offer full internet speed for several reasons: you may be too far away from the router, there may be obstacles and walls between your router and connected devices, etc.)
- when you have wi-fi problems – even though you use wi-fi every day, it is certainly very useful to always have a spare ethernet cable in your home, as it can be useful in case you have some problems with your wi-fi connection; Until you fix the wi-fi issue, connecting with an ethernet cable will allow you to stay connected.
- When your router is physically damaged: You may have faced this problem in the past. Any kind of antenna damage or software malfunction may prevent you from using Wi-Fi. Until you replace the part or buy a new router, ethernet cables will allow you to connect.
how to connect ethernet cable to wireless router?
Now that we have introduced you to the situations in which it is recommended to use an ethernet cable to connect to the wireless router, we will show you, step by step, how to do it.
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You will need two ethernet cables: one to connect your modem to the router and one to connect your router to your device (laptop, pc, TV, etc.).
- connect one end of the first ethernet cable to the ethernet port on the back of your modem.
- connect the other end of the cable to the wan/internet port on the back of your router
- on the back of your router, there is a lan port (you will easily notice this because it is marked “lan”. you will usually see at least 4 lan ports. plug one end of the other ethernet cable into any of those lan ports.
- Now, connect the other end of the ethernet cable to the lan port of your device (laptop/desktop).
- after connecting the computer and the router with an ethernet cable, look at your computer screen, you should be connected to the internet.
If your computer did not automatically connect to the Internet, do the following:
- open control panel.
- from control panel, select network and internet, and then click network and sharing center.
- you will see Change adapter settings option. click on it (located on the left).
- now right click on ethernet and select enable.
- if internet is not on yet, right click right on ethernet and go to properties.
- you need to check the internet protocol versions 4 box and confirm by clicking ok.
that’s it, you’re connected to the internet.
We hope our article helped you to connect your wireless router via ethernet cable without any problem. as we have already mentioned, wi-fi is a more popular, more comfortable and much more widespread form of connection, but we definitely recommend that you always have ethernet cables on hand if you find yourself in any of the situations mentioned above.