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Can Ethernet and Wireless Work Together

Can Ethernet and Wireless Work Together? [Here’s How]

If you have bad days with your poor Internet Connection, you might be wondering both Ethernet and WiFi, or Wireless connections can increase the speed. But is it true? Let’s find out.

So, Can Ethernet & Wireless Work Together?

Yes, Ethernet and Wireless connections can be used together. But, it will not affect your Internet Speed anyway. Because your Ethernet and WiFi both are connected to the same network [LAN], so you’ll receive the same speed. Also, when you connect both, your device will automatically select the best connection, whether it is Ethernet or WiFi.

Moreover, your Router also plays a massive role because the Internet Speed is limited by the Router you’re using. So it will divide the speed to multiple devices in the same way.

How To Enable both Ethernet and Wireless?

So suppose you are enabling both Ethernet and WiFi to your PC; you need proper guidance to make it happen. So you can follow the steps to perform this action.

Method for Windows 10 Users

Follow the steps below if you have Windows 10:

  1. At first, Go to Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel.
  2. Select Change Adapter Settings
  3. Right click on your Ethernet device and select Properties on Popup Menu.
  4. In Properties Menu, click Configure Button.
  5. When Configure Menu, select Advanced Tab.
  6. In advanced menu, under property list, look for “Priority & Vlan” and select it.
  7. Look in Value List to the right and select Disable Toggle.
  8. Click Ok, on your way back out of menus and wait 15 seconds until system updates new value.

Now, you’ve successfully disabled your Ethernet LAN priority so it is ready to function together with your WIFI.

Method for Mac Users

Follow the steps below if you are using Mac:

  • Go to System Preferences → Network
  • Next, Click on the Gear Icon and select “Set Service Order…”
  • Now, Your System will automatically prioritize the best connection

Hopefully this will work for all the Mac users. If you still not satisfied you can also have a chat with Apple Support.

Ethernet VS Wireless which one is Better?

In short, if you compare your Ethernet with WiFi, then you’ll find that Ethernet will perform better and give you a pretty fast speed and stable connection.

But, Why is WiFi slower than Ethernet?

Because WiFi has to transmit its data through wireless signal, it takes a bit of time to transmit and receive data.

On the other hand, Ethernet is directly connected with your device with the help of a Cable, so it is an easy process to transmit and receive data directly.

Ethernet is also considered as one of the Safe and Secure Processes of transferring data.

Ethernet connections also don’t hurt humans anyway; you can read more about this from here.

You can read more about this comparison debate discussed here.

Disadvantages of being Connected with Both Ethernet & WiFi

Being Connected with Both Ethernet & WiFi can also slow down your Internet speed because our routers send data packets to transmit data which gives us a smooth internet connection.

But if you’re connected with both WiFi & Ethernet, then those data packets can get mixed or duplicated or received in a different order in your device or PC.

And because this your internet speed will slow down as well as you can get Packet Loss problem.

So in search of a better speed, you’ll have a slower and disgusting internet connection. So it is one of the main issues using this method.

Also, remember this will not happen every time, but many times you may have the issue. So if you are planning to give it a try, you indeed do.

Should You use Ethernet and WiFi at the Same Time?

My personal recommendation is not to use Ethernet and WiFi at the same time as it can slow down your internet speed. Instead using Ethernet is better option because it gives best speed and a secure connection.

If you are using WiFi and having slow speed then it is the time to setup the Ethernet for better internet experience.

However, in many cases, you can use both connections at the same time. For example, if you have any problem with your computer and want to prioritize the best connection, you should use both.

If you’re a busy internet person and spend a lot of time working on the Internet, you need good internet speed. So suppose you have two different Networks [LAN], one is yours, and another is your neighbour or friends or other family members.

Then you can connect both your and your neighbour, so your device will automatically choose the best connection with the best speed.

Additional Thoughts

There are also a bunch of software that can set up both the connections at the same time. They also promised to increase internet speed.

But, according to some users, they use VPN and other methods which also slow down your internet speed instead of increasing it.

Also, this is not secure for you, so I’ll recommend you not to use this kind of software.