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    TheKeddi's Avatar TheKeddi is offline  Fangirl 

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    Default Which is faster? wi-fi or ethernet?

    Hi guys! Just wondering which connection would be faster?

    I have the apple airport extreme and can use it wirelesly with my imac, I also have a blue ethernet cable and can use it that way also,

    Which one would ba faster? I'm not THAT geeky to know that stuff,

    Also I was told that Skype out would work better witht he cord as wireless does a check at times for signals and that may be what cuts me off all the time??

    thanks for any input,

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    Ethernet is substantially faster but if all you are doing is using the internet then it will be the slowest link in the chain.

    If you are transferring big files from one machine to another on your network then use ethernet if you can, otherwise wifi will be fine.

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    If the iMac and the Airport Extreme is gigabit ethernet, definitely ethernet.

    If the iMac or the Airport Extreme is 100Mb ethernet, and its an N Airport Extreme, I'd probably still go ethernet. In theory N Wi-Fi is faster, but I think its fair to say ethernet is more reliable, and in most cases probably faster.
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    Ethernet (the blue cable) always beats wireless.

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    Thanks guys!

    I'll set up my ethernet properly then, at the moment the blue cord is going through the middle of the dining room!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheKeddi View Post
    Thanks guys!

    I'll set up my ethernet properly then, at the moment the blue cord is going through the middle of the dining room!
    haha, I have cords running from the living room to the study and from the study to a 2nd bedroom - all just running along the floor

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    If you want to do file sharing then go ethernet, but if it's just for internet access you will notice NO difference because the Internet is slower than Ethernet and Wi-Fi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    haha, I have cords running from the living room to the study and from the study to a 2nd bedroom - all just running along the floor
    its amazing what a female influence does to change that scenario......

    needless to say... we have wireless now.
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    It all depends on your connections. If your macs have gigabit connections and your running them through gigbit hubs hen yes your ethernet will be faster. How ever if your hubs are only 100Mb but you have access to wireless "n" specs stuff then your wireless will be faster. It all comes down to the weakest link in the chain.

    All intel macs have the gig connections but many people still connection to 100mbs hubs in this case your "n" class wireless would be faster.
    saying that for reliability you cant beat ethernet, I have cat6 cable running through my roof. My wireless network is mixed with G & N devices but all have gig connections and cat6 is second only to fibre

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    jeremy_warnock,

    Thanks for the first intelligible answer to this question...

    I mean really... "Ethernet (the blue cable) always beats wireless." ... are your for real? Does that mean the red ethernet cable I bought the other day will be fast than the blue one... you know red car go faster than blue ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stehsegler View Post
    jeremy_warnock,

    Thanks for the first intelligible answer to this question...

    I mean really... "Ethernet (the blue cable) always beats wireless." ... are your for real? Does that mean the red ethernet cable I bought the other day will be fast than the blue one... you know red car go faster than blue ones?
    Gosh, how's the weather under your bridge?

    I think you'll find that the tech support view on that is "using the person's own language". So try not to be so silly eh?

    Oh and to give you the correct technical details:
    802.11n 248(Mbit/s)
    IEEE 802.3ab (Gigabit ethernet as per an iMac) is 1000(Mbit/s)

    I hope that it intelligible enough for you.
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