How fast is your WiFi?

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
 

katie ta achoo

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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.
 

TheMonarch

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katie ta achoo said:
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.
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.
 

mad jew

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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.
 

mpw

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blaskillet4 said:
Hello all. I was wondering... How fast is your wifi?...
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:
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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From this week-old thread:
Mitthrawnuruodo said:
Even if AirPort Extreme aka. 802.11g has a theoretical speed of 55 Mbps, you cannot expect to achieve anywhere near that. A good rule of thumb is that about half of that will, under normal circumstances, get used for maintenance and noise. So just as with AirPort aka. 802.11b with a theoretical speed of 11 Mbps you can only expect about 5.5 Mbps actual throughput, with 802.11g you cannot expect more than ~27 Mbps under optimal conditions.

If there's other wireless nets nearby, someone using Bluetooth in the room, you or a neighbor using certain kinds of cordless phones or even someone using a microwave nearby all that will interfere, and give you less actual bandwidth. All things considering, 20-22 isn't that bad, and you might get a bit better result with better antennas, but don't expect too much.
So, if you get 2.5MBps = 2.5 x 8 (bytes -> bits) = 20Mbps. That's not too bad... ;)
 

witness

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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.
 

mad jew

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

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:
 

Cuckoo

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witness said:
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.
Give this man a sigar... the 54 mbit is total capacity.... the more clients, the less speed per client....
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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mad jew said:
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:
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... ;)
 

ITASOR

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Using Linksys WRT54G & 6 mbps Road Runner

With computer to computer transfer: 15mbps
Average internet download speed: 550 kb/s
 

aricher

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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?
 

crazzyeddie

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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?
 

ITASOR

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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
 

jeremy.king

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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 ---> :)
 

MacNoobie

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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
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... ;)
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.
 

iQuit

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

mkrishnan

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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....
 

iQuit

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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?
 

superbovine

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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.