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How much slower is a coax cable connection than Ethernet and is coax faster than wifi? Router/modem aren’t adjacent to PC I’m setting up. ?

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  • GTB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The question cannot be answered without more information. Coax can be faster or slower than a given CAT6 cable

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  • 1 month ago

    I don't understand how you are using the coax?

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  • 1 month ago

    Hi. The Ethernet cable is the best choice in 99% of all connections, for a few reasons.

       The coax cable is slow, & most of them available around the $10-$15(US) mark have cheap connectors that break easily these days. You'd think they're tighter / more secure because of the threading, but their high demand in video use has seen them drop in quality lately.

       The WiFi is now up to speeds of 250-300MBps from most suppliers & can usually get around 1-7Mbps connections from most places that allow it on the other end as well for transfers, but for daily running You wouldn't need much more than a solid 3Mbps feed for downloading regularly, it's the streaming that takes the higher speeds - But for that You're just borrowing a file anyway. Downloading is always better, especially for low levels of blips & choppiness in files.

       The Ethernet id the best option because of the stability when connecting between devices, it's not subject to interference unless something's pretty much rubbing against the cable, & it's capable of much higher speeds than WiFi. The main types You'll get currently in good stock most places are either Cat5E or Cat6E, which will both be fine for a decent downloading connection. If You're going to stream mostly go for the Cat6E.

      These cables are also available in lengths as long as 150ft (about 50meters) & are what most hubs / repeater equipment will use for eliminating signal loss of extreme distances when You plan out a long distance connection cost-wise.

       You can usually get them custom-made in a specific length from most electrical supply houses, They usually have a spool of 1000ft for that purpose & just pop the connectors on both ends in a few minutes.

    https://www.computernetworkingnotes.com/networking...

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wired...

                 G'Luck!!!

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  • P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The coax generally is only used for your cable modem.   While they have some coax network accessories you shouldn't try to use it as Coax would be much slower than a good wifi AC1900 router or hooking it up via ethernet.   Powerline adapters would be a better choice than coax.

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