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Interent Speed: Wired vs Wireless?

by singermatt / February 26, 2009 1:11 AM PST

My internet download speed doubles when I bypass my home wireless network and connect directly via Ethernet.

Is this normal and to be expected?

Will replacing/upgrading my wireless card and/or router enable me to get better internet speed wirelessly?

Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505; Card, Wireless, Minicard, DW1500 Multiple Output; Vista

Linksys WRT150N Wireless-N Home Router


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Too many variables.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2009 1:33 AM PST

You could have an unsecure wifi or not setup per our forum sticky, interfering signals and "other" issues. Wired will always win.

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It's true.
by myeske2 / February 27, 2009 11:37 AM PST

What the moderator says is true, although I use wireless with an encryption, it still isn't any better then connecting directly with an ethernet wire. Plus it is solid so nothing can really interfere with it.

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What kind of connection do you have to internet?
by Mark Schenkel / March 10, 2009 3:38 AM PDT

This really boils down to where the bottleneck is occurring. It sounds like you may have everything working, and have a very good connection to the internet (i.e. into your wireless router). In this case the bottle neck is simply the speed of your wireless. As the others have said, a wired connection will always be better.

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Internet Connection is Comcast
by singermatt / March 10, 2009 4:57 AM PDT

Comcast is my internet provider. I live in a brand new building so I assume the wiring in the building is good. The testing I've done while connected with a wire show the speeds consistantly exceeding what Comcast says I should have. Its probably the wireless setup slowing things down.

I want to wait a while before replacing the router until I replace the laptop which I expect to do in about a year (Windows 7?). In the mean time I have reconfigured things a bit so I am wired while at my desk (majority of the time) and using the wireless when I decide to work in another area.

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