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Why Is WiFi Speed Slower Than Wired

It needs to find out further why is WiFi speed slower than wired. In most of the houses, wireless connection use massively.

Besides because it convenience from installation and cost, the WiFi can be used for a group of people.

The bandwidth and coverage allow us to use it as long as it still in the internet connection range that has been decided.

Also read: Ethernet Not Working but Wifi is

You can know it by checking the internet plan.

When using a wireless connection, sometimes you will experience a particular situation and conditions.

Let’s say, you want to change the WiFi password but you don’t know how to change that.

Or, you want to always connect with your WiFi but the signal can only reach it maximum when you go to the living room.

This is a condition that we may don’t expect from using WiFi. The condition itself, also includes WiFi speed slower than wired.

What is WiFi?

If you go around the city, you may read “Free WiFi” in the public places and everyone gathers in there.

In another occasion, if you were on a holiday, you must be seeking the WiFi as one of the facilities in the hotel.

From this situation, we all know that WiFi is important as today we can’t get off from our smart devices like phone and PC.

It can let us surf the web and contact our family or friends by just press the WiFi symbol and enter the password on the screen.

WiFi itself is a wireless connection protocol from the 802.11 type. People may be mistaken of the WiFi abbreviation and take it as “Wireless Fidelity”.

In meaning, maybe yes.

But that’s not the name WiFi originally came from. WiFi is a brand name of wireless connection.

Around 1971, Hawaii people use internet connection to gather all of the information on the island. They use a wireless internet connection provided by ALOHAnet.

After WiFi use through all the world, it becomes famous as the technology used massively and vigorously.

Later, the technology then developed under the standard of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The IEEE is people who set up the WiFi standard and divide it by looking to the speed and frequency specification.

As a result of classification, there are 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11c and many more.

WiFi Speed Standards

As we already said before, WiFi has its standards and differentiate by speed and frequency specification.

There are 2 frequencies of WiFi: the 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

Each frequency or we can say Gigahertz affect the speed of the signal that transmits through the air.

It’s better if the router offers two types of frequencies so that make it can catch the signal easily. To know it further, you can these networks and WiFi standards.

  1. 802.11a, reach its maximum speed at 54 Mbps but mostly in 6 to 24 Mbps. The standard use 5GHz frequency but consider a bit old and not compatible with some network. Still used in some WiFi router.
  2. 802.11b, the maximum speed is 11 Mbps and the standard use 2.4GHz frequency. Very compatible with g network that will be explained after this.
  3. 802.11g, have their maximum speed at 54 Mbps just like 802.11a. It’s a common network that uses in most of the WiFi devices. The network that sending in 2.4GHz frequency result balanced performance of the network.
  4. 802.11n, the fastest type of network and usually use in an office. Can speed to 100 Mbps, but when it is a perfect condition, it can reach up to 600 Mbps. This type of network use 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies then send the signal by joining it together.

In separated classification for WiFi, the network name was changed with WiFi 1, WiFi 2 and so on.

Inside the name, there is an explanation about the network and the capabilities of each WiFi standard.

The WiFi 1 have 802.11b, while the WiFi 2 have 802.11a. Then, the WiFi 3 use 802.11g as the common network use for today’s router and WiFi 4 and WiFi 5 that use 802.11n for the device’s network.

If you see the network name as 802.11ag, that means it’s the combination network that uses on how the WiFi works.

How to Use WiFi and How it Work?

WiFi work with radio frequencies, just like a telephone. There’s cable to send signals and transmits it through frequencies than your device, whether it’s your phone or PC.

After the signal transmitted successfully, you can use the network that proved by the internet connection in your device.

You need to know that WiFi is not directly “wireless”. They also use hardware to make it function goes well. There are steps to know how to use WiFi.

  1. If you new on install your WiFi, you can start to set your username and password. You have to pay attention that your router and WiFi username and password were different. Write that down so you don’t forget it.
  2. When it already installed, you can press the start button on the router and activate your WiFi mode in the phone or PC to on mode. Click “turn on” in the WiFi settings.
  3. After that, choose the network name and enter the password. If it can be used to open the website, then the WiFi is ready to use.

What is Wired Connection, How it Work, and How Fast It Is?

A wired connection, also said direct connection is most use network device.

You can use the direct connection by plugging the jack from the router or Ethernet cable to the computer.

In the USA, the size of the jack same as the phone jack while the other country may have different sizes depending on the production.

Using a wired connection is easy. You only need to prepare router, Ethernet cable, a line of physical wire and PC.

Make sure to turn on the router, plug the Ethernet cable to PC, and it’s all set.

A normal speed of wired connection is about 100 Mbps to 10,000 Mbps for the various wired connection category.

If it’s compared with WiFi, the gap is pretty far. The main actors of wired connection are Ethernet cable.

Although its use in some of the WiFi devices, the Ethernet cable best use for wired connection.

Basic Ethernet cables for the home or office is the one with twisted cable. The twisted cable indicates a two-way connection. That’s why the speed connection is fast.

The Difference Between WiFi and Wired Network

The main difference between WiFi and wired network is on how the signal sends and how to catch the network. With WiFi, you don’t have to plug the jack in your computer.

Just prepare the wireless router, Ethernet cable, modem, physical wire and you need to set that all by connecting the modem, Ethernet cable, and physical wire to the wireless router.

If it’s worked, then the router will transmit the signal to the device nearby. A wireless router is a key to getting the wireless network.

While WiFi use without plugging or insert something to PC or phone, the wired connection need to connect the router to PC.

The router oftentimes all together with a modem, make it more convenient and efficient.

Besides that, the wired network offers faster speed of internet because they only focus on one device.

It could be benefits for someone who need high-pace of internet connection to do their job.

Another difference between WiFi and wired network is the Ethernet cable for a WiFi connection to the router, while the Ethernet cable for wired network connected to the PC.

The Ethernet cable for WiFi help to get the internet from the ISP in a router and spread the connection through the air.

Practically, yes, WiFi still needs Ethernet cable. That’s the main technology. But if your WiFi equipment is already all-in-one, then no, you don’t need Ethernet cable.

After all, WiFi and the wired network has its benefits, depending on what people need for the internet connection.

As for WiFi, you can bring them without thinking too much. WiFi is a portable device that can put in the bag.

The cons are, WiFi speed sometimes can drop and it will become obstacles to your activities that using the internet.

The wired network has stable speed and easy installation, but the disadvantages come from the device’s portability as it can only use in one place.

Reasons Why is WiFi Speed Slower Than Wired

The wireless connection has more component rather than a wired connection.

There are interference, speed limitation, and distance that could be the reasons why is WiFi speed slower than wired.

For example, if you out your WiFi on your 2nd floor, maybe you couldn’t reach the internet using WiFi on the 1st floor because the WiFi coverage performs best on the 2nd floor.

That’s the little thing, but sure it’s one of the reasons for WiFi is slower than a wired connection.

Did you put your router behind a table or something big that cover the router? If it’s true, then you need to reconsider to move the router to a more open space.

The things that cover your router maybe act as a “blocker” of wireless connection since the WiFi transmits through the air.

Another reason for slower WiFi than wired connection maybe because there are quite a lot of devices that use the same frequency as WiFi.

If the microwave, wireless speaker, and your Bluetooth feature perform in one time, your WiFi signal will be weaker.

It’s because all of the device’s do have the same frequencies as WiFi, which is 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

Imagine if space were crowded and filled with people. Indeed, you will face difficulty to move to another place.

That goes the same for WiFi. Let’s say, the frequencies bump into each other and that makes the WiFi is slower than a wired connection.

Internet Slow on WiFi But Fast Ethernet

Some people experience an Ethernet connection faster when the cable plugged into the PC.

The speed changes from 16 – 18 Mbps to 25 – 26 Mbps per second after the Ethernet cable connected to the device.

It’s contradictive with WiFi connection because the internet slow on WiFi but fast Ethernet.

By seeing this situation, it’s clear that direct connection will always be faster than the connection that sends with a particular intermediary. In this case, it’s WiFi.

Besides that, the Ethernet network becomes the fastest if it’s compared to WiFi because, in the process of transferring the data, the Ethernet network use the electricity.

Which is, more effective than relying on the radio waves.

To use the internet connection, the computer giving detailed messages about meta-data, the information about the data that is sending.

Radio waves are applicable, but electricity has more power.

So, it’s reasonable why the internet slows on WiFi but fast in an Ethernet network.

How to Significantly Makes Change on WiFi Speed

  1. Don’t use the device with the same frequencies. You need to limit the usage of the microwave, wireless speaker, even plasma TV to enhance the performance of your WiFi.
  2. Install the router in an open place. You can put it above the cabin, or in your table. As long as there are no obstacles around the router, you will get a better WiFi connection.
  3. If you haven’t updated your router, maybe now is the right time to do that. Oftentimes, slow WiFi caused by an older system that forced to ‘fight’ with a more sophisticated system.
  4. Reboot your router first. Don’t be panicked, just wait for several minutes and then restart it. In many occasions, the slow WiFi speed caused by the connectivity issues. That maybe could bring back your WiFi connection.
  5. If it’s still the same, you need to ask the provider whether it’s technical problems or failure in the provider.

Both WiFi and wired connection have benefit and disadvantages. It’s resulted from the different purpose of the technology.

There’s no bad one or a good one, but it’s just base on what you will prefer. If you live alone and want to experience a faster speed of internet, you can use a wired connection.

If you live with your family, you can choose a WiFi with greater bandwidth. Hope this article about why is WiFi speed slower than wired help you.

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Kenneth V Garcia

Hi, I am Ken who specialize technician about wifi, router, mikrotik, and everthing about networking, with my blog, I will give you information about tips and trick wifi or routers.

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