The difference between Internet, Ethernet, Wi-Fi & Cellular

In short, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Cellular are all used to connect devices to the internet but the way in which they do so, is different.

What is the internet?

The internet is a vast network that connects devices all over the world, allowing people to communicate and share information no matter where they are. From business transactions to sharing personal photos with family and friends, all users need is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to supply them with access to the web, via a broadband connection.

Examples of online services that the internet provides

  • Email – the most common method of sending and receiving messages online.
  • Social media – platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook allow people to share information, like photos, and keep in touch with friends and family.
  • Online shopping – the internet allows people to buy products and get them delivered directly to their homes.

What is Ethernet?

Ethernet connects devices to the internet using physical cables. It is a popular form of network connection, especially for organisations working out of an office due to its high speed, security, and reliability.

What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi connects devices to the internet using a wireless router. The router is connected directly to the internet and acts as a hub to broadcast the internet signal to any device in range that’s connected to it.

What is Cellular?

Cellular enables your mobile phone to wirelessly communicate, for example by placing calls, sending texts, and connecting to the internet using surrounding cellular towers.

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April 2022