Checking Out Ethernet

Before there was WiFi, there was Ethernet.

Wireless Internet connections have become so commonplace, we sometimes forget that there are other options. Sure, WiFi is easy to use and convenient, but there's something to be said for old-school Ethernet connections too.

In the article from Lifewire, Bradley Mitchell explains Ethernet networks and shows you how to identify the components you need. Mitchell discuss Ethernet ports, LANs, MANs, WANs, and Ethernet adapters. He also provides troubleshooting information for those times when your Ethernet connection may not be working properly.

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Discussion Questions/Activities
  1. This article provides a good opportunity to discuss some of the advantages of Ethernet connections. Ask students if they are aware of the security features of Ethernet vs wireless.
  2. Divide the class into small groups. Ask each group to create a brief poll (4-5 questions) to determine what type of network connections people use and how they use them. Groups may choose to include some demographic information (age, sex, educational level, etc.) too. Groups may poll friends, relatives, other students, or anyone they feel is appropriate. Groups should compile their results and create a presentation to share with the class. At the conclusion, discuss the groups' results. Did groups ask different questions? Did this generate different results? Why or why not?
  3. As an individual project, ask students to write a brief paper about the pros and cons of Ethernet connections.


  1. I personally prefer Ethernet over general WiFi. I am a avid gamer so constant good internet with a good ping and up/down is vital to me being successful. I have encouraged my teammates and friends to use it too but most have never even heard of Ethernet. I have a big family so the WiFi isn't that good so the Ethernet really benefits me. Overall, I think more gamers and computer nerds should invest in an Ethernet.

  2. Agreed... I prefer an old school hard line connection any day. Using this type of connection offers its user a safe and reliable path to the internet. Ethernet networks are more secure due to being completely contained and not broadcasted to the local radius. Hard wired networks supply a constant flow of data which is great for streaming or gaming. Last but not least there is no trouble trying to connect or log in with a password, you just plug and play literally.


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