Is internet faster when plugged directly into the modem?

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  1. grosslyclever macrumors member

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    Hello!

    My computer is connected to the internet via wifi (airport extreme)

    Would the internet be any faster if I were to plug my computer straight into the router?

    Thanks a bunch!
    - GC
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    No, unless you have either a very fast internet connection (7 MB/s up- and download speed) or a very slow WiFi router.

    www.speedtest.net an give you some results with the AEBS and the modem.
    But know that they use bits and not bytes, so divide it by 8 to get the bytes.
     
  3. grosslyclever thread starter macrumors member

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    What is considered a very fast internet speed? How can I find out how fast mine is via wifi or cable?
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    I gave you a link in my first reply. Use that to determine your internet speed.

    A very fast internet speed is 2MB/s and above.

    If you have the latest AEBS, or the one before that, you will get network speeds via wireless connection of up to 7MB/s, and I doubt you have a connection that fast unless you live in South Korea or Japan or at a university.
     
  5. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    A wired connection to your router will be more reliable since it won't have to thru the air.
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    But can't it be disregarded when it is an internet connection, as the average internet connection does not touch the maximum speed of most wireless routers using the 802.11n protocol?

    I agree though when you shuffle gigabytes of data per hour, a wired connection is much faster and even more reliable.
     
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I've seen many crappy routers cause slow downs. That's why it's important to do your homework and purchase a good router.
     
  8. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    didn't say faster.
    there are a lot of factors that affect a wireless signal, if someone warms a cup of coffee in the microwave, or makes a call on a cordless phone, your wired connection won't drop out, your wireless might.
     
  9. easepease macrumors regular

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    Its funny that a lot of times when i bring my laptop near the router i have no choice but to plug it in, cause it creates a Donut now a circle of reception... Just funny that sometimes i am too close to get service :), that is why my desktops are all plugged in..

    But i dont think its faster, just more reliable
     
  10. gfypofs macrumors newbie

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    I recently moved up to unlimited , from 20 to 30Mbps. I now average about 22.5 Mbps via my router, and TekSavvy is asking me to connect directly to my computer, bypassing my DIR-862L D-Link router, to see if there is any improvement.Would this be save, will there be any configuration adjustments to be made ?
     

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