Wifi Speed

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

  1. finnschi macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    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


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    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


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    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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