Originally Posted by mpgolfpro
I don't wanna hijack the thread but there seems to be a lot of knowledgeable people in here in regards to home networking. I just have one question.
When I go into the airport utility and see a list of devices connect to my airport express, I see that, for instance, my macbook has a connection speed of 130mbps. Then when I go and do a speed test I get a speed of 16mbps. How does this happen? Is the 130 just a hypothetical "max" connection speed and the 16mbps is what my actual connection is? I just wanna make sure I maximize my connection speed. Thanks
You are talking about two different connections here. When you run a speed test (on websites such at speedtest.net) you are measuring your actual internet speed, which is dependent on your ISP and what you pay for. This measures your speed outside of your local network. In your case is is approximately 16 Mb/s.
The 130 Mb/s is your speed within your network. This is only the speed between your MacBook and your router, no further. If you want to "maximize" your connection speed you would have to pay for 130 Mb/s internet through your ISP. The max so far that I have seen for residential use is 100 Mb/s through Comcast and Time Warner for about $200 a month.