We recommend using a wired connection where possible to all users of the network, for the best possible internet speed and reliability. If your laptop doesnt have a wired ethernet port built-in we recommend the use of a USB-Ethernet Adapter which are relatively in-expensive to purchase. We usually purchase adapters from Amazon.
Ethernet cables can be obtained from the IT office on request, or loaned from the Porters Lodge.
Wired connections need to be registered in the same way that wireless connections do, the easiest way to do this is to connect the ethernet and turn off the wifi on your device, and go to our webpage https://www.robinson.cam.ac.uk/setup . Once registered you can turn on the wireless again and your device will always use the wired in preference to the wireless connection.
You can of course use wireless, and on phones/tablets/smart devices (ie. Echo's, Google Home etc), that is the only option, the College has about 170x 802.11ac (Wifi 5) wireless points installed in the College for this very reason. The reason we recommend wired over wireless are for the reasons below.
Basically WiFi performance is dependent on a combination of all of the below:
So a wired connection is always going to be superior as there are far fewer variables involved, we do have a small number of loan wireless points that we loan to students where appropriate, however 'placing WiFi boosters in areas which are currently receiving poor performance', isn’t the magic bullet as whilst it sometimes solves the issue in the room its placed in, it causes interference in adjacent rooms potentially giving them worse performance.