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It's tempting to think that having a wired connection to your computer would make the internet faster. It might, but typically, it doesn't.
While a wired connection can often be faster if it's truly connected to the internet, the difference between wired and wireless connections at home in practice has little impact on the actual speed of the internet.
In this audio clip from an Ask Leo! webinar, I'll discuss why that is and where you'll typically find the real "choke point" for internet speeds.
It seems like a hardwire connecting to the internet would be faster and better performance than wireless. Is that true and how much faster? Generally, it's not true and the reason is that the connection you have between your computers is not the choke point for speed.
The place where the speed is most slowed down...the slowest part of your system (I'll put it that way), the slowest part of your internet connection is between your home and your ISP because that's what you're paying for.
In my case, I have 3 MB right here. In other cases, you may have anywhere from 768 KB from the lowest end of DSL to somewhere upwards, gosh, maybe 20, 30 MB. Guess what? 20 or 30 MB is still slower than both common hardwire speeds which typically start at 100 MB these days and the common wireless speeds which are typically around 20 - 50 MB.
So, in general, the speed that you're seeing, the slowness that you're seeing is not a function of how your specific computer is connected to your internet, but rather the speed of your internet as it connects upstream.
So the thing there is if it's important enough to you to pay more for a faster internet connection, if indeed one is even available to you.
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