Wireless Speed

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Washac, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    #1
    Hi


    I recently changed my broadband provider and with my Netgear router connected to the Ethernet port
    I was getting 13Meg down speed, I have in the last couple of days gone to a wireless router and have
    now dropped to 10Meg down speed.

    I assume this is the norm with wireless ?
     
  2. ewilson6 macrumors 6502

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    #2
    wireless connects around 54 mb, check this by running network utility.

    cable connects at 100 mb or faster.

    so downloads are always slower on wi-fi.

    -Eric
     
  3. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    #3
    Thanks
     
  4. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

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    #4
    Correct.

    Correct.

    Wrong.

    Both wireless and hard-wired connection speeds are MUCH faster than
    the cable modem connection to your broadband provider -- typically
    you're capped at less than 10 Mbit/s inbound, and less than 2 Mbit/s
    outbound (depending on how much you're willing to pay). You can
    check your ISP's actual throughput at: speedtest.net

    There should be no significant speed difference between hard-wired
    and wireless, for traffic passing through the cable modem. OTOH,
    hard-wired should be faster for traffic between computers on your
    home network (i.e., traffic that goes through the router, but not the
    cable modem).

    LK
     
  5. meta macrumors newbie

    meta

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    #5
    I'll only add one caveat to Leon Kowalski's excellent post: wireless has more environmental issues. For example: if your wireless router is upstairs and your notebook is downstairs don't expect your speed to be identical as if you were working in the same room. That goes double if you're in the basement.

    This might be the slowdown wireless users are experiencing, although the practical impact is usually minimal.
     

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