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Hey, guys.

I know a number of similar posts exist, but I want to know *how* network traffic is distributed if I have one computer connected to my router through an ethernet cable, and another computer in a different room through wireless.

If, for instance, the wireless computer is idling, and I'm playing some network-intensive games online on the wired computer, and I decide to have the wireless computer connect to a supercomputer cluster to do some number crunching for work at the same time... will my wired computer's connection go all to hell?

I've never actually used my wired line, ever, but I keep hearing how it's way faster than wireless (although I don't seem to have any trouble hitting my speed cap using wireless).

My line gets about 2 megabytes down, and about 0.2 megabytes up.

Thanks for your time and patience.

Respectfully,

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The hardwire is way faster than wireless. With 2MB down, I am able to play games online with my PC while my wife watches movies off of netflicks and we get about 3mb down and .75 up. You'll be fine. Connect both to ethernet for max speed.
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The hardwire is way faster than wireless. With 2MB down, I am able to play games online with my PC while my wife watches movies off of netflicks and we get about 3mb down and .75 up. You'll be fine. Connect both to ethernet for max speed.
Thanks for your reply, firedude721.

Well, I would connect them both to ethernet, but they're on different floors.

I'm just trying to see how the connection will split if I use wired/wireless for different computers.
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No problem! I didn't have any problem with utilizing the same exact setup. Just make sure your wireless router and your wireless adapter use the latest technology (wireless N is fastest)
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When using your internet connection you probably won't see any difference at all assuming your wireless connection is strong.

I don't think any network intensive games are going to use that much of your internet connection speed because yours is fairly fast.

If you have QoS turned on in your router that that will give certain activities higher priority over other ones so I would look into that.

I only notice a speed improvement when transferring files over my network. Obviously, wired is faster everytime, both Gigabit and 100Mbps.
    
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Thanks for your reply, firedude721.

Well, I would connect them both to ethernet, but they're on different floors.

I'm just trying to see how the connection will split if I use wired/wireless for different computers.
In my experience, I use only wired connections. When I was at my parents house, I was wired and everyone else was wireless. I noted that whenever my dad would download something, my connection would slow to a crawl. Although I can blame it on the already slow speed of DSL (1.5Mb, 150kbps) It was like the wireless had a higher priority then the wired.
Although now, in my own place with 12Mb down, I have no slowdowns when my Wii (wifi) does netflix at the same time as my Xbox (wired) . It does go back to total bandwidth. The only advantages of a wired connection is for large sustained file transfers, but I'll wait for a networking nut to confirm/disprove
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Games are not very network intensive.
Most utilize around 5-20 KB/sec.

If you completely saturate your down/up from your ISP on the wireless PC, you will notice on the wired one, and vice versa. As long as your bandwidth usage remains in limits they should both function concurrently without any performance penalty.
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Layer 2 is first come first serve. The router can do some prioritization, but other than that it is first come first serve.
    
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