User talk:Eighty5cacao/misc/Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet

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Power surge by any other connector[edit]

"Ethernet increases vulnerability to lighting strikes"

So does using a desktop PC. So does leaving a laptop or phone on the charger. But even at this admittedly early state, I'm interested to see what you plan on incorporating. --Tepples (talk) 04:42, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

The "personal experience" I was talking about was that a family member once had a laptop wired into the router despite it being a Wi-Fi router, because xe was dissatisfied with the reliability of the wireless connection (partly my fault for configuring the radio channel poorly). Subsequently, the router and the Ethernet adapter (but not the whole laptop) were damaged by lightning.
The forum thread in question focused on the common argument that Wi-Fi doesn't perform well enough for intensive media sharing, but that's not a part of my use case.
The argument for Wi-Fi is basically the common-sense convenience stuff; consider the limited lengths in which Ethernet cables are sold, and consider that Ethernet-only home "routers" are rare(cn/clarify) due to lack of demand. However, my family tends to treat our laptops as if they were desktops and use iOS devices when real mobility is needed. (which reminds me of another point: An Ethernet-only network can't accommodate iOS and Android devices other than Apple TV and Ouya. At that point, one might as well start thinking about HTPCs...)
This was only meant to cover home networks, as opposed to Wi-Fi vs. cellular data in public places.
All in all, I've realized that my launching of this page was a little premature. On reconsideration, the purpose of this page was to explain why wired-only home networks are rare given that "Wi-Fi doesn't perform well enough...," but there's nothing too revolutionary or insightful to be said. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 07:51, 2 April 2014 (UTC) (+ 18:22, 3 April 2014 (UTC))
I suppose the point I was getting at was that in a typical home configuration, AC power is more likely to be surge-protected than Ethernet, DSL, etc., because only higher-end models of surge protectors offer protection for network lines. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 05:35, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

Rarity of built-in Ethernet in laptops[edit]

See subject; the industry marches on. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 06:53, 6 February 2020 (UTC)