Apple Airport: Wired or Wireless, which is faster?

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  1. mjones185 macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    I have a MediaSmart Server due on Friday. I have an iMac, MBP, MB, and two PC's using an Apple Airport, how should I connect the MediaSmart Server EX485 to my airport, wired or wireless? Is there a performance difference between the two setups?

    If wired offers best speed then I can easily do that as they will be near each other.
     
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    if wired isn't much of a hassle, wired is better. doesn't interfere with your other wireless products, and the speed will be stable.
     
  3. energysaver macrumors newbie

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    The Airport runs at 54Mbps - much faster than your 4Mbps (or something) broadband, so it won't make a difference to the speed.
     
  4. eldy macrumors 6502

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    You should use wired connections as much as possible.
     
  5. plinden macrumors 68040

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    You don't say what version of the Airport base station you're using? Express or Extreme? Gigabit Wireless N or the older Wireless G?

    Anyway, as a data point, with my MBP on wireless N in a mixed G/N network, I get 8-9MB/s. Connecting directly to one of the gigabit ports on my AEBS, I get 40-50MB/s.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    ...which is still much faster than the bandwidth of the OP's internet service provider, so there's no difference in web performance between wired and wireless.
     
  7. plinden macrumors 68040

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    The OP is asking about adding a HP media server to his home network. His ISP speed isn't going to have any bearing on his decision to go wireless or wired.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You're absolutely right.... I read too fast!
     
  9. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Wired.

    When you run both devices via wireless, both devices get half the bandwidth.
     
  10. mjones185 thread starter macrumors regular

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    1st, I have to say this is an awesome forum...I've been an observer for a very long time, way before becoming a member and everyone here has been more polite and helpful to the community than any other forum I visit.

    I have an Airport base station with wireless N. This will be my first Server, NAS sorta setup. I have always used external HDs but now my wife has a laptop, I have one and we want to be able to access our files from any location in the house. I have the capability to connect wireless and wired based on the location I will set up the server.

    Over the years I never gave it much thought on whats best, wired or wireless, I've only recently started using wireless when I got the iMac, MBP, MB, and a couple PS3's, everything works excellent except streaming iPod quality movies (400MBs) to the PS3's are to choppy to watch so I wireless copy them to the PS3's.
     

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