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The number of bytes transferred should be roughly the same regardless of your connection, right? We'll look at a couple of reasons that might not be true.
I don't have a specific "this is it" answer for this, but I do have a couple of ideas.
If you're at home and connecting to the same network then they should be roughly the same. For example my laptop can connect both wired and wirelessly to my home network at different times, but ultimately it's all still behind my DSL and router. Same internet connection, really, so it should be roughly the same wired or wireless.
The difference between a wired and wireless connection may simply be packet routing and visibility. When you're connected via a wire to an intelligent device such as a switch or a router, your computer will most likely see only the packets of network traffic destined for it. Traffic to other computers on your network will be routed down other wires or connections by your switch or router.
A wireless connection may well see all the other network traffic "in the air". It's possible that if you have two computers connected wirelessly, each might see all packets destined for the other. It's very much like wired computers being connected through a hub, which sends all data received to all computers connected.
The fact that one wirelessly connected computer can "see" all the wireless network traffic in the area is the basis for "sniffing" in public hotspots.
Now, if you're comparing a landline connection at home with a wireless connection at, say, a public hotspot, this comes into more serious play. Your landline is probably dedicated - meaning that your ISP only sends traffic down that line if the traffic is actually for you. A public or other wireless connection taking a different path to the internet could be picking up lots and lots of traffic to and from other computers in the area that has nothing to do with you, but still must be received and evaluated to see if it is for you.
Now, if none of this seems to apply to you - you're not picking up external wireless network traffic, for example, I'm actually at a bit of a loss. Even spyware and viruses shouldn't be network-specific like that.
One last thing to pay attention to, is that packet size may be different on that network. This shouldn't affect *bytes* transferred, but many of the network status displays list packets, not bytes, and smaller packets means more packets for the same amount of data.
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