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I'm running an Asus generic wifi card in my pc right now. I moved into my office where my wireless router is and decided to go back to ethernet since it is now possible. I am now beginning to see that my wireless is running about 50mb/s faster than my ethernet connection. Is this normal? I have a time warner box hooked into my wireless router and then my pc hooked into that.
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You're probably on Wireless N 150 or 300, and your LAN ports are likely 10/100. So yeah, that's normal. However hardwired will be considerably more reliable. Unless you're doing network transfers and streaming, 100Mb should be just fine.
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thank you
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Be aware, though, that when you see N/150Mbps it's not connection goodput, meaning, bandwidth you actually fill with 'usable data'.
It's link throughput, which means the data transfer capabilities of the link. That is your data, protocol payload, error-correcting data, and many other things.

The usable data bandwidth is in reality much lower, that's why good ol' Wireless G, even though it had a 54Mbps usable data transfer speed in reality almost always averaged at around 20Mb/s.

Although a 'clean' link at N/300 with no obstacles between the AP and the host has higher data goodput than your average 100Mb/s fast Ethernet link, other metrics (latency, reliability and so on) ignored, and this is what you could be experiencing smile.gif
   
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post #5 of 5
^ Pretty much that.
Also keep in mind the router's AP is connected to the router through it's internal switch, which is likely at a rate that matches the switch ports as well, being 100 mbit in this case.
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