Right now, the Nintendo Switch connects to the internet via WiFi, even when it is docked. WiFi is a perfectly good way to connect to the internet, but for those who value speed and want to get the best performance possible, connecting via a LAN cable is the best way to go about it, and this is something that Nintendo has done with its new OLED Switch model.
The good news is that if you want an Ethernet connection with your Switch but don’t want to buy the new model just for it, Nintendo has confirmed that they will be selling the dock separately, but you might have to wait for it. According to the company, “The white dock and black dock will be sold separately (no HDMI cable, no AC adaptor, not in a package) on the Nintendo online store. It will not be sold at retail.”
The new Nintendo Switch was announced earlier today and one of the upgrades of the new model includes a much-improved kickstand, better audio quality, a larger 7-inch OLED display, and a dock that comes with an Ethernet port. The new Switch is expected to launch on the 8th of October, but based on Nintendo’s statement, the standalone dock will probably arrive later.
The company does not mention how much the standalone dock will cost, but the current Switch’s dock is priced at $60 on Nintendo’s website, so we imagine that this model should be priced around that range as well.