What is an Ethernet converter?
An Ethernet converter (commonly referred as hardwired or LAN connection) enables Ethernet communication to operate properly, given the difference in the media used for network cabling. This is usually used to link the fiber media from an optical fiber network to a more traditional Ethernet network based on copper.
How does It Work?
As there are more devices on the networks than ever before, challenging applications and increasingly complex networks has created a need in finding a way to merge fiber applications with existing cables. In addition to different forms of fiber in Enterprise LAN networks, Ethernet media converters allow your business to combine fibre and copper. These converters accept a multitude of protocols , data levels, and types of media. The end result is an efficient, more secured and cost-effective network.
Why use an Ethernet converter?
Stability: Ethernet connection is a direct connection to your device which allows the flow of connection to be undisturbed by unwanted obstacles.
Speed: The process of transmitting data wirelessly takes more time than using cables since signals need to be transferred in the air and, if there is a loss of data, re-transmitted. Therefore, it will always add a bit more latency when streaming than when using cables.
Minimize interference: Ethernet converters allow the route between copper to fiber much smoother, with less electromagnetic interference adding benefit. It is also able to stand in for people who want to make the entire transition to fiber but also don’t have the resources to do so.
Security: Having a wired solution minimized the possibility of a security breach. Unlike Wifi, Ethernet connection does not allow your data to be hacked easily by a third party. The direct link between your devices acts like a wall and protects your IP address more securely.
Economical: Ethernet converters are highly economical. Fiber networks can retain a high bandwidth capability like streaming video. Since the media converter will combine your fiber and copper networks without the need to build a lot of new infrastructure, it will help your whole network without breaking the bank.
Broader network: Ethernet converters allow your network to extend beyond its current capabilities as well. As media converters are essentially two separate transceivers that transfer data back and forth, they can improve your connectivity quality, power of accessibility along with providing a fast and robust network speed.
Comparing between Ethernet and WiFi
Wireless (known as WiFi) networks, provides a wireless alternative to wired Ethernet connections. Instead of having to connect a device to a cable, Wifi allows users to connect to the Internet just by a simple tap on the Wifi icon in their phones. While it may sound practical and easier than Ethernet connection, it should be noted that they also have their disadvantages as well.
Ethernet typically has a bandwidth advantage over WiFi links, with maximum speeds available between 10Mbits (megabits) and 100Gbits (gigabits). Typical WiFi networks are much slower, with the additional drawback of noise from other radio signals and obstacles reducing any wireless network’s pace and efficiency.
The main obstacles for Wifis are mainly physical objects such as walls and other artifacts which lead to obstruction or degradation of WiFi signals between a computer and a network router. There is no issue for wired Ethernet connections by default, given that you have the space to la
y Ethernet cabling as it is. While WiFi signals can be improved, an Ethernet connection easily avoids the problem.
WiFi networks often experience protection as a concern. WiFi networks can be broken much more quickly than an Ethernet-only network, where you’d need physical access to crack the network. To further minimize this risk, you can protect your WiFi; though, not entirely remove it.
Both Ethernet and Wifi have their own benefits and setbacks. However, as technology progresses, wireless network connectivity is becoming better and better, providing security and speed that was a tremendous issue in their early development. The best networks are those using a mix of Ethernet connections for static devices such as PCs and servers, and for smaller, handheld devices, secure WiFi connections. Both connections are practical according to one’s priorities and needs.