802.11n or wired Network for internet. Big difference/Little difference?

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  1. BumpMan macrumors newbie

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    Just for my new home im about to move into. Will only have one 24" fully loaded iMac, but will have people coming over with laptops from time to time. I do want a wireless network for the laptops, airtunes, time capsule, etc but I was wondering if I would be a big enough difference to just wire my iMac straight in. Time Capsule will probably be close enough to the computer.

    Im totally into eliminating wires though. Is wired noticablely faster (im talking internet) than 802.11n...? Or will I be fine with an all wireless dream...?

    BumpMan
     
  2. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    internet connection will not use the full speed of either, only wireless file transfers.
     
  3. Chris204 macrumors regular

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  4. BumpMan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ive got N, giving it to my little brother and getting a time capsule.
     
  5. BumpMan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Gotcha ,wireless world it is then. I imagine then its years until my ISP's in NYC catch up to 802.11n speeds.
     
  6. coopermac macrumors member

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    File transfer speed will be much faster through cable but the internet will only be as fast as the internet connection you have whether you use cable or "N".
     
  7. macleod199 macrumors 6502

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    I would say it would only be "much faster" if both computers are using gigabit ethernet. Otherwise 802.11n is coming pretty close. As he said he only has (potentially) one wired computer, he doesn't really have anything else to transfer to at gigabit speeds (not even a full gigabit, generally). I doubt the hard drive in the Capsule will be able to keep up, either.
     

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