How to Set Up Your Ethernet Cable for Faster Internet
Are you looking to launch your internet into hyper speed? For most people, a Wi-Fi connection does the trick for daily surfing and scrolling. But, if you’re an avid gamer or movie streamer, an ethernet cable can help level up your speed. This method connects your internet directly into your devices, instead of depending on a wireless network.
Follow these steps to supercharge your internet with an ethernet cable.
Start with your router
Placing your router in the right spot is an important first step. It has to be in a central place where you can connect your devices with the ethernet cable.
Many people leave their router in their basement. But, if you mostly surf the internet upstairs, you may want to move it into your living room, kitchen, or office. This will shorten the distance for you to plug into the ethernet port. Plus, placing your router somewhere central will strengthen your Wi-Fi network for any of your wireless devices.
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Buy the best ethernet cable
Not all ethernet cables are created equal. Most typically range from 1 foot to 50 feet long, so you’ll want to measure the distance you need to your devices. Luckily, Amazon sells high-quality and affordable ethernet cables at a variety of lengths.
Be sure to opt for a CAT 6 model or above (CAT 8 is currently the top one on the market). Although the higher versions get a bit pricier, they offer better speed and more durability. If you need a heavy-duty ethernet cable, try a nylon one, which is designed to bend and twist without any tangles.
Connect the right devices
Do you watch lots of data-heavy movies on Netflix or Crave? (Tiger King 2, anyone?) Or, is there a Call-of-Duty-obsessed gamer in your family? Ethernet ports come with limited real estate, so choose the technology you need to connect wisely:
- A gaming console, such as an Xbox or PlayStation
- A desktop or laptop computer
- A Smart TV or streaming device, such as the Roku Stick
Once you’ve bought your ethernet cable, plug it in the back of your router and connect it to your device. If you need more ports than your router allows, don’t worry! You can also purchase an ethernet switch, which typically allows you to connect 5 to 18 cables.
Tidy up your cables
Have a few cords running through your hallway now? Be sure to avoid any tripping hazards! Now that your ethernet connection is all set up, you may also want to invest in a cable organizer. You can run these tools along your desk, floor, and walls to keep wires smooth, clean, and out of sight.
Boost your rural internet connection
Alberta’s countryside is known for its relaxed way of life, but that doesn’t mean your internet needs to be slow-going! Our local experts are determined to bring you the fastest connection possible. Now that you’re in the know about ethernet cables, reach out to our support team to ensure you’re getting the best internet package for your family or business.