CAT5 Or Wireless?

By Shane1244
Jul 18, 2007
  1. Uhh, My bedroom is approx 130 feet from the wireless router, And sometimes it dosnt connetc right away, I was wondering if i did switch to like a 150ft CAT 5 Ethranet cable would the connection be faster or slower then the wireless?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 14,950   +533

    Wired is faster than WiFi AND there's no need for encryption either :)
  3. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 1,595

    A wired connection will be a lot faster. And, with typical junk home equipment, the wired connection will be a lot more stable than wireless as well.
  4. chassy

    chassy TS Rookie


    It would be faster, but wouldn't you then have a 150 ft. cord running through your house? Is there any other place in the house that the router could be connected?
  5. Roamex

    Roamex TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Also there are other things that can be considerd but pricey. there is a technology that allows all your powerlines in the house to be used as ethernet cords.

    Also there are wireless extenders that will allow your wireless connection to reach futher in the house. place it somewhere near the middle of your wireless router and computer and it will improve the connection.
  6. rusta

    rusta TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Are you sure? Sounds dangerous

    Where does it say "powerlines in the house to be used as ethernet cords" ?
  7. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 196

    He's referring to BPL, Broadband-over-powerline. Not Ethernet Powerlink.

    However, BPL is normally centralized, and run by the power company or a close affiliate. There is little "router" involvement per se. If he were to take this route, he would face either the decision of redundantly holding onto his LAN, or terminating his standard broadband connection in favor of BPL.
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