As of 2014, an Ethernet connection has a higher speed capacity than USB connections. Ethernet bandwidth can currently reach speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, while the USB 3.1 format can only reach 10 gigabits per second.
Speeds of around 100 megabits to 1 gigabit per second are more commonly found in commercial Ethernet products. Home broadband Internet connections in the U.S. average only 10 megabits per second as of April 2014, making current devices adequate for a majority of users. USB connections, as well as most Internet connections, are considered asymmetrical, meaning the speeds at which data is uploaded and downloaded are different. Ethernet connectivity is often chosen over USB because of the ability of the cable to transfer more electrical power. Power over Ethernet devices include wireless access points, VoIP services and security cameras.Learn More
A universal serial bus, or USB, device refers to any device that utilizes USB connections to connect to a computer. Common examples include external hard drives, webcams, printers, scanners, digital cameras, keyboards and mice. The USB connection symbol is usually denoted on the connector.Full Answer >
The IEEE 802.3-2008 standard defines Gigabit Ethernet or GbE, as any technology that transmits Ethernet frames at one gigabit, one billion bits per second. GbE first came into use in 1999, slowly replacing Fast Ethernet, which had been the standard in wired local networks.Full Answer >
Ethernet cables are conceptually simple to install, support quick transfer speeds and are fairly affordable. Ethernet cables are difficult to troubleshoot and require a lot of effort to reconfigure once installed. Although Ethernet cables are well-shielded and offer better immunity to noise, they require the installation of specialized cables to fit different networks.Full Answer >
To make an Ethernet cable, cut a length of cable, strip the jacket from both ends, spread apart the wire pairs, untwist them, trim the wires, insert each end into a modular connector, and secure the connectors with a crimping tool. When finished, test each end with a cable tester.Full Answer >