Which is faster: Ethernet or Wireless (for file transfer bet. Macs)?

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  1. Jodeo macrumors regular

    Jodeo

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    I'm in a predicament: Of all the STUFF I have, one thing I lack is a normal USB cable.

    I need to move about 24GB of files from a back-up drive that's connected to my iMac via FW400 over to my wife's MacBook (brand news). The MB does not have FW. It does have USB (as does the drive - 2.0) but I have no cable.

    That said, I do have two options:
    1: Copy wirelessly (e.g. all night long - and then some), or
    2: Connect the MacBook to the iMac via Ethernet.

    Or I can wait and get a USB connection in the next day or so.


    Which option would get this done fastest?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    Both the iMac and the Macbook have 1 Gb Ethernet. This means if you directly connect them it will be the fastest. You could still go through a router or switch but it may not be the fastest speeds possible.
     
  3. tonyburkhart macrumors regular

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    I suggest the ethernet, as that's the fastest possible connection and very easy to setup.

    I used it to CCC my wife's Macbook HDD to a partition on my Macbook. 160GB didn't take too long at all.
     
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

    velocityg4

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    I would suggest Ethernet as well. Most people's routers are only 10/100 so I would connect them directly unless your router is gigabit.

    If you are having problems making a direct connection what I found easiest is to set the IP Addresses of both manually. Transverse the router and IP Address between the two.

    iMac
    Router: 192.168.0.2
    Subnet: 255.255.255.0
    IP Address: 192.168.0.3

    Macbook
    Router: 192.168.0.3
    Subnet: 255.255.255.0
    IP Address: 192.168.0.2

    Also turn off the Wireless just in case the Mac sees that as the default connection.
     
  5. gerabbi macrumors regular

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    Since you already have an ethernet cable it should get it done faster.
     
  6. dbaird323 macrumors newbie

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    Even though everyone has already said the same thing, I will also say that you should use ethernet. As a general rule of thumb it is faster, but it is also much more dependable than wireless. you will have a better chance of transferring your files without corrupting any of them through ethernet.
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    Ethernet is faster.

    A CAT5 cable will get you 12MB/s, a CAT5e/+ or CAT6 cable will get you speeds between 40 to 70 MB/s.

    A wireless connection will give you 1-2MB/s via 802.11g and 6-7MB/s via 802.11n.
     
  8. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    It should be possible to directly hook iMac with MacBook.

    As for speeds:

    FW400 about = Giganet, both >> USB2
     

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