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mattburley7

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For those who purchased the iMac 2021 with the ethernet included in the power block are u using ethernet or wifi?
 

Fishrrman

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If you have ethernet available, my advice is to TRY BOTH methods, measure your speeds each time, and then use whatever gives you the most speed.
 

JD2015

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WiFi for most things but for video conferencing I use Ethernet where possible.
 

JouniS

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Use Ethernet if the computer is stationary and you can connect it without a long or otherwise inconvenient cable.

WiFi is almost as fast as Ethernet today, except when you are transferring a large number of small files. Because Apple developers like using the file system as a database, cluttering it with hundreds of thousands of tiny files, backups are often much faster over Ethernet.

Some people suffer from unreliable WiFi connections. Signal quality is low, often because they have too many neighbors or they live in a big house. You can see that every day in video conferencing.
 
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DanTSX

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WiFi


Wires are gross


But I do appreciate how/why Apple implemented the Ethernet port in these.
 

Martyimac

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As most have mentioned, ethernet tends to be a little faster than wifi. Even with my wifi 6 router, ethernet is about 10-15% faster.
 

petvas

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As most have mentioned, ethernet tends to be a little faster than wifi. Even with my wifi 6 router, ethernet is about 10-15% faster.
A little faster? I have 1Gbps Internet and on my iMac I can download at 110MB/sec (Megabytes and not Megabits). Using my MacBook Pro connected via WiFi (5Ghz) I get a max of 60-70Mb/sec. This is a major difference and the reason why my iMac is connected via Ethernet.
 

Martyimac

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A little faster? I have 1Gbps Internet and on my iMac I can download at 110MB/sec (Megabytes and not Megabits). Using my MacBook Pro connected via WiFi (5Ghz) I get a max of 60-70Mb/sec. This is a major difference and the reason why my iMac is connected via Ethernet.
My WiFi is about 10% slower than Ethernet on my 1Gbs service.
 
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