How fast is your WiFi?

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  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    Hello all. I was wondering... How fast is your wifi?

    I get about 2.5 megabytes per second on my G network.
    What about you guys?
    In theory 54mbps is about 6.75 megabytes per second... so im getting 37% of my advertised speed ( I know they meant "up to")

    Just curious :p
     
  2. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    accd to DSLREPORTS.com

    Your download speed : 342559 bps, or 334 kbps.
    A 41.8 KB/sec transfer rate.
    Your upload speed : 310950 bps, or 303 kbps.

    Eh.. mixed b/g network, for my brother.
    unless it's all B
    beh.
     
  3. TheMonarch thread starter macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    Nice internet connection. Same as mine
    :D ... But im talking about LAN speed (using airport). Sorry if i didnt make it clear in my post.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Depends where I am and how far away I am from whichever router I'm connected to (two WDS Expresses) but anywhere from about 2.0 to 4.5 MB/s. It's really not all that impressive.
     
  5. mpw Guest

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    She's pretty quick but unless I use a lot of foreplay I still always com....Oh hold on I just re-read that, never mind. :eek:
     
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    From this week-old thread:
    So, if you get 2.5MBps = 2.5 x 8 (bytes -> bits) = 20Mbps. That's not too bad... ;)
     
  7. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    :eek: :eek:
     
  8. witness macrumors 6502

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    Also I think that I read the 54mb/s is the total bandwidth of the system.

    So if you send data from computer A to computer B via a wireless router, then you are effectively halving the capacity because there are 2 simultaneous transmissions in progress.
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Interesting. So how can I get 4.5 MB/s? I just measure it through Activity Monitor, could there be a problem with the app since I have Bluetooth, a microwave and a cordless phone? :confused:

    Also, I agree with katie ta achoo. :eek: :eek:
     
  10. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

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    Give this man a sigar... the 54 mbit is total capacity.... the more clients, the less speed per client....
     
  11. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    I would not know the speed as i only use the express for the net. Is there a test of some sorts.
     
  12. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Have no idea. ~25 Mbps should pretty much be the limit, so I'm guessing it may have something to do with buffering and a slight inaccuracy in how Activity Monitor calculates the speed, and/or that Activity Monitor calculates traffic both ways. Because 36 Mbps is more than 802.11g is capable of, one way...

    All those other devices will disturb your Wifi network, not boost the speed... ;)
     
  13. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Using Linksys WRT54G & 6 mbps Road Runner

    With computer to computer transfer: 15mbps
    Average internet download speed: 550 kb/s
     
  14. aricher macrumors 68020

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    DSLreports.com:

    Your download speed : 1966916 bps, or 1920 kbps.
    A 240.1 KB/sec transfer rate.
    Your upload speed : 264492 bps, or 258 kbps.

    Earthlink DSL - Netgear router running into an Apple Airport Express

    I'm about 40 ft away from thee APE - are my data rates any good?
     
  15. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    Funny this thread turned up! I was about to post some questions regarding this.

    I have Road Runner running at 5mbps. Over an ethernet connection, I get around 4.5mbps (expected due to internet overhead). However, when hooked up to my AP Express unit, I only get 3mbps. I'm using the router set to 802.11b, as my computer only supports b. However, the bandwidth of 11mbps should be more than enough to feed my computer at 4.5mbps. I'm in the same room (about 1 foot from the router) and have full reception and all that good stuff. Whats going on here?
     
  16. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    My personal favorite speed test:

    :::.. Download Stats ..:::
    Connection is:: 4245 Kbps about 4.2 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB)
    Download Speed is:: 518 kB/s
    Tested From:: http://testmy.net/ (server2)
    Test Time:: Fri Jul 22 2005 10:33:01 GMT-0400
    Bottom Line:: 76X faster than 56K 1MB download in 1.98 sec
    Diagnosis: Looks Great : 10.37 % faster than the average for host (rr.com)
    Validation Link:: http://testmy.net/stats/id-ND9YBXF41
     
  17. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Quick test for me - SMB copy from wireless PC to wired Mac using wrt54g router.

    53315KB file transferred in 109 seconds.

    Works out to 489 KB/sec = 3.82 Mb/sec

    So if you are getting 20 Mb/sec, I would say...be happy ---> :)
     
  18. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Im sure your meant 550 KB(yte)/s ;)

    Otherwise, time to call RR...
     
  19. pubwvj macrumors 68000

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    It's fast enough. It is far faster than my Internet connection (DSL) so faster wouldn't really matter.
     
  20. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Yeah, sorry. :D
     
  21. MacNoobie macrumors 6502a

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    Ever thing about TCP/IP overhead, there is a slight overhead added to the packets though I'd imagine the higher the speed the more overhead you're going to encounter, dsl reports shows more overhead the higher your speed and the way most things communicate on wifi is with tcp/ip.
     
  22. iQuit macrumors 6502a

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    I think I am using Road Runner T1 or something of the sort....is there a test?
     
  23. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Is there a test which can be done with only one computer on the wireless network :eek: that isn't strongly affected by the speeds of the ISP? I have a cable modem feeding an AEBS with two wired devices (a ReplayTV and an Epson printer) and one wireless device (an iBook) connected to it, and that's my whole network atm....
     
  24. iQuit macrumors 6502a

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    Your line speed:

    45842.7 Kbps

    5618 K bytes/sec


    that is without my cache cleared on and IE only test using Safari.....is that a good speed?
     
  25. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    testing your wifi speed using dslreports isn't really testing you wifi speed, just the speed of your internet connection. to test your wifi speed the best benmark would be local ethernet to a wifi computer. using ftp would probably give you accurate results. although kingjr smb would probably be accurate as well. however, speed will vary with distance to the WAP and other factors like interference, number of users, type of walls, and antennas.
     

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