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Old 06-17-2013, 11:56 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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When you connect a computer to the internet,
via a hardline *AND* WiFi connection, what really happens ?

Does one connections take precedence over the the other ?

I did a *speed test* (same source three ways).

1 - both hard and wireless = ping-35ms -- Upload-11.83Mbps -- download-.82Mbps
2 - WiFi only =========== ping-35ms -- Upload=11.63Mbps -- download-.82Mbps
3 - Hard only ========== ping-50ms -- Upload=11.63Mbps -- download-.82Mbps

(*promised* speed - 15 Mbps)

Hardly any difference.
I always *assumed* that hardline connections were better ?
Was also told, that *sensitive* data transmission (I work from home) was more *reliable* with a hardline connection.
BTW, Did the test three times with identical results.

Router is three rooms away.

Just curious.

TIA
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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In a normal home setup, data accessing the Internet always passes thru a "modem" to get to your "hardline" (either cable or DSL) . If you add a WiFi enabled router, all data passes thru router and modem, not either/or (unless of course you bypass the router as you apparently did for your testing). That adds a very small delay which may or may not add to ping time, but does not necessarily affect raw speed.

Re sensitive data, when using WiFi, your data is going "over the air" subjecting it to interception by your neighbors if you have not properly setup the router.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:31 PM
 
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You won't see any difference because the speed is measured from your gateway/router (not to mention its usually limited by the slowest link). You can have a local network that runs on a 10Gb backbone, but if you access the Internet through a 15Mbps pipe, those speed tests will basically say 15Mbps.

Local network speeds will TYPICALLY be faster than your Internet speed.

"better" means a lot of things. If your location is prone to interference, than a 10Mbps network may still provide "better" service than a 54Mbps WiFi network.

As for sensitive information - basically what reed said. Wifi goes across the air and are prone to being intercepted. Aside from interference, you can always add security controls (encryption, access control, etc.), to protect your data.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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