wireless or ethernet?

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  1. richard.mac macrumors 603

    richard.mac

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    i mostly use my MBP on my desk near a router and connect to the internets via wireless aka Airport. i mainly do this to reduce the number of wires connected to my MBP so to reduce clutter.

    although i never have any problems with wireless ive been thinking maybe i should use an ethernet cord to optimise the number of packets sent in and out. now im using 802.11g which has a faster thruput than my 5Mb/s line so it wont speed up my connection but im thinking it may give me a more stable connection in terms of data.

    am i missing out on anything just using wireless over ethernet?
     
  2. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Probably not. I've had my MBAir/MBP/MB hooked up to an ethernet cable maybe once each, and that was to hookup to my wireless router for the first time; it's been wireless ever since...:cool:
     
  3. richard.mac thread starter macrumors 603

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    thanks. yeah same for me wireless is fine and i used ethernet to set up the modem/router.

    but im looking to see if anyone has any knowledgeable information on if ethernet is more stable and optimal over time like you will get a download speed closer to your line speed for more of the time or watching streaming video will me more stable after skimming or pausing.
     
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Have you done the speedtest.net comparison? Wired v. Unwired...

    Wired:

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    Unwired:

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  5. richard.mac thread starter macrumors 603

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    Wired:

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    Wireless:

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    negligible download difference i would say. upload is only 14kb/s faster which is also pretty much negligible for me. ping is faster though but would that really make a difference for me? i dont online game.
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    Ping only makes a difference in online gaming (the most in FPS genre)

    For you, staying on wireless makes more sense than moving to ethernet.
     
  7. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

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    Personally I find wireless to be flaky at times and prefer to stay wired at home when convenient, ie when I'm gaming. Can't say it's faster or not though..
     
  8. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    i used to have it wireless but one day the internet really bogged down and i was doing a ton of work online and resorted to hooking it up. best decision ever, of course i needed to fix my moms computer because she had it wired and blachha blahh blahh her wireless sucked, now its better.

    anyway,
    wired
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    wireless
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    i know these are not recent but i have done a bunch of these tests, i mean a lot and those are the highest for each category

    also, on torrents, i know it is about how many connections you have and such but, if im downloading something that pretty well seeded, ill stay at 1.5 too 2 mb /s
    i downloaded gran torino, from a private site along with being a direct dvd rip (private screening cd i guess), in no time, i went to the bathroom to drop off the kids and it was done.

    also, i want to try getting a gigabit router and modem or switching lskdjflks, ya i really don't know much about it, but it would be cool. o and im using cat 6 cables for everything even though its not needed, got them from monoprice real cheap, like ten cent difference between normal.
     
  9. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    wired is always better-for everything- wireless is more convenient. Physical connection is always gonna be better.
     
  10. richard.mac thread starter macrumors 603

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    ok a few different opinions now. im on ethernet atm and to be honest my connection feels snappier like with video buffering and stuff. may just be a placebo effect though!
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    hhmmm TBH i much prefer ethernet.

    we wired up our house a few months ago with a gigabit switch connected to the AP, everything but my dad's ibook runs off it (my MBP, iMac, PC, older iMac and soon to be MacMini will all be plugged in via ethernet). for me the main reason is that i often stream HD video to my laptop/from my laptop to other computers, or i do video converting on the iMac (its faster) and then transfer it to the external HD's on my MBP..

    really it depends what you think, i dont think you would notice much from it apart from the snappyness of the pages loading.. file transfers would definately see an increase though :)
     
  12. creator2456 macrumors 68000

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    Small trade-offs for both. I am on wireless 99%of the time.

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    Wireless:
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    Wired:
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    To China just for fun.

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  13. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Hey OP, sorry but I was running an errand. These speedtest.net tests are the only indicators for me, b/c at the rate of speed for my downloads and uploads seem to be pretty close in relation to wireless and wired, and I normally have a MBAir and a MBP operating on my wireless/n Belkin router (I've secured it with a WPA password after I heard a neighbor bragging that he was using someone's free WiFi) and my Mac Pro is ethernet connected. I strongly recommend a good wireless N router if you decide to use the wireless option heavily. Good luck... (PM me anytime):cool:
     
  14. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    802.11n wireless should actually be faster than standard ethernet, however theres the reliability issues to be wary of, if your wireless signal randomly dies halfway through getting a multikill on Halo CE or Unreal it can be really annoying.
     
  15. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Good to know...:cool:

    I downloaded a couple of movies of about the same length and size on my MBAir (wireless) and my Mac Pro (wired) and the MBAir won by a minute or two; that's as scientific as I can get for non-government work... LOL :p
     
  16. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    standard ethernet as in 100mbps?? id say that the ethernet would be faster no matter what. wireless is always very slow.
     
  17. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    802.11n is new. It has up to 600mbps speed.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/802.11
     
  18. eXan macrumors 601

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    My router is Airport extreme 100mbit Ethernet edition and my setup looks like this:

    iMac <---ethernet--->
    _____________________AirPort Extreme <---USB---> hard drive
    MacBook <---wifi N--->

    Transfering data to HD is slower on MacBook due to wireless connection, MUCH slower with small files (i.e mail messages). The speed maxes out at 5-7 MB/sec with average of about 3-4 MB/sec, while a mere 100 Mbit Ethernet give me 8-12 MB/sec speeds and is significantly faster with tons of small files.

    So yea, wireless still can't beat even a 100 mbit ethernet.
     
  19. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oh yea because the current ABES currently supports those speeds, 75MB/ps throughput is ok i guess, but a general computer will never get that because of other bottlenecks.
     

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