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I've been wondering something for a while now and this seems like the best place to get a decent answer. I'm currently using a wireless adapter for my internet but I was wondering if I were to use an ethernet cable to directly link my computer to my router, would I get a noticeable different in my internet speed?

For example I get around 900kb/s maximum download speed if it's from a good host - how much would I get if I were using an ethernet cable instead? Would it actually affect my download / general internet speed? Many thanks.
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You might not get a larger amount of bandwidth but you would definitly see an improvement in your ping to servers

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after doing someomore research it seems a wired connection will have a higer mbit cap wireless looks to be about 54mbits

and depending on your ISP and service you could get more with a etehrnet cable
Edited by stevevace2 - 10/2/11 at 5:21pm
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What internet package do you pay for?

The limit for G is usually around ~1.5 MB/sec or so in a reasonable (non-hostile) environment. If your bandwidth package exceeds ~12 mbps or so, it may be beneficial to either upgrade to N equipment (both router and NIC), or simply use a wired connection.
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I've been wondering something for a while now and this seems like the best place to get a decent answer. I'm currently using a wireless adapter for my internet but I was wondering if I were to use an ethernet cable to directly link my computer to my router, would I get a noticeable different in my internet speed?

For example I get around 900kb/s maximum download speed if it's from a good host - how much would I get if I were using an ethernet cable instead? Would it actually affect my download / general internet speed? Many thanks.
Looking at the numbers, assuming you have a 54mb wireless connection, and an 8meg internet connection, both ethernet and wireless would be more than enough to handle the bandwidth.

In reality wireless is unpredictable like hell, and you rarely get full strength etc. If it's easy to do so, go wired.
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You might not get a larger amount of bandwidth but you would definitly see an improvement in your ping to servers

edit
after doing someomore research it seems a wired connection will have a higer mbit cap wireless looks to be about 54mbits

and depending on your ISP and service you could get more with a etehrnet cable
Hmm alright thank you, I may have to look into swapping with an ethernet cable then. Cheers.

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What internet package do you pay for?

The limit for G is usually around ~1.5 MB/sec or so in a reasonable (non-hostile) environment. If your bandwidth package exceeds ~12 mbps or so, it may be beneficial to either upgrade to N equipment (both router and NIC), or simply use a wired connection.
Not too sure, I think it's up to either 20MB or 40MB download speed, but due to my area I don't hit that, obviously ^^ Although I'm unsure because it could just be the host limiting me to 800kb/s.

Hmm... what do you mean by 'N equipment'? Thanks for your post, I may use wired but I'm going to consider it first (it'll cost a little bit of money to pay for a long ethernet cable and get it wired throughout the house) to see if it's worth it. Cheers.

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Looking at the numbers, assuming you have a 54mb wireless connection, and an 8meg internet connection, both ethernet and wireless would be more than enough to handle the bandwidth.

In reality wireless is unpredictable like hell, and you rarely get full strength etc. If it's easy to do so, go wired.
Hmm alright, cheers. I'm sitting here on a 2-bar connection so it may be worth going to wired. Thanks again everyone.
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yes at 2 bars you are not getting the best speeds possible. i do streaming online and wired is way faster because you wont get a constant signal. it might be showing 2 bars but it could be spiking to 2 it might be dropping to 1 or less and you wouldnt know. i would go wired all the way
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Just as a simple rule, as has been since the inception of wireless technologies, doing things wired is always better (when applicable of course).
    
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You have enough throughput to out run your internet connection, provided you have a good connection rate. The big problem with wireless is it is half duplex. I would not use wireless for gaming unless I had to. Think of it this way. Wireless is like using a CB radio. You can't talk until I have finished what I am saying. Then I have to wait till you are done.

Now if you have another wireless device connected to the same AP, this just compounds the problem. You now have 4 people trying to talk, when only one person can talk at a time.

With a second connection to the AP, you now have to start cutting your actual throughput in half. About the best I have seen for wireless throughput is 18 mbits, and that is at a 54 mbit connection rate around 20 feet from the AP.

It is your best bet if you can run a patch cable back to your switch or router.
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Just as a simple rule, as has been since the inception of wireless technologies, doing things wired is always better (when applicable of course).
This. Maye it happens sometimes, I don't know, but I've never gotten anything close to the same bandwidth and signal strength from wireless that I regularly get with wired ethernet.
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