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Why Wired Gigabit

Various arguments for wiring your home with Cat 6 (gigabit) ethernet or better.

Bottom-line advantages of Cat 6 over 802.11ac WiFi:

  • Better capacity. While 802.11ac, under optimal conditions, can approach 500 Mbps, having a wired connection that guarantees 1000 Mbps can be useful.
  • Better reliability.
  • Better security.
  • Better latency.

All of this said, it isn't either-or -- you can use your wired connections for connecting computers to NAS or when you need maximum speed for uploading.

Details:

  • At some point, you might consider a NAS (Network Attached Storage) for your home, like a Synology NAS. These make it convenient to store lots of media. Having fast transfer rates to your NAS is a big help; the best way to get that is via a wired connection.
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