Ethernet refers to a widely used wired networking technology that enables devices to communicate with each other over a local area network (LAN). It uses twisted pair or fiber optic cables to transmit data between devices, such as computers, printers, and routers.
See also: fiber to the node
Uses of ethernet:
- Local area networks (LANs). It is primarily used to connect devices in a LAN, allowing them to communicate and share resources such as printers, scanners, and storage devices.
- Internet connectivity. It can connect devices to modems or routers, which provide Internet connectivity to the network.
- Industrial automation. It is used to connect and control devices in industrial settings, such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and sensors.
- Video surveillance. It is used to connect IP cameras to a network for video surveillance and monitoring.
- Home automation. It is used to connect smart thermostats, security systems, and entertainment devices for home automation.
- Cloud computing: It is used to connect servers and storage devices in data centers, enabling cloud computing and storage services.
Ethernet or Wi-Fi
Ethernet connections are not susceptible to interference from other wireless devices and are less vulnerable to hacking, so ethernet is generally faster, more stable, and secure. However, ethernet lacks the mobility or range that Wi-Fi can offer.