Wifi Speed

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by finnschi, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. finnschi macrumors 6502

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    Hamburg, Germany
    #1
    Ok so I just moved, I used to have 16mbit DSL line where I did not see any difference between using a cable or wifi Connection, but now i have a 50mbit VDSL line and now I do see a difference, but why?


    Wifi n 300mbit 4.2-5.1 mbit (it changes a lot during the download)

    Cat-5 cable 100mbit 6-6.4 mbit (very stable)

    I used Rapidshare to test the speed, downloading from about 6-8 servers at the same time

    so why is the 300mbit connection slower than the 100mbit ?

    and yes my router and my macbook both report a speed of 300mbit (5Ghz)
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

    spinnerlys

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    forlod bygningen
    #2
    Mbit ≠ MByte. 1 Byte = 8 Bit

    Wireless LAN, even 802.11n, only offers 5-7 MB/s, while wired 10/100 Ethernet offers around 11 MB/s.

    50 Mbit/s = is 6.25 MB/s, so you will get 5 MB/s download speeds, which Wifi should offer, but it loses more packages than a wired connection, thus it is slower.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    Finland
    #3
    It might be your router. Wireless is always little slower, especially when there are obstacles like walls on the way. Run SpeedTest and report your results
     

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