LifeHacker, one of my personal favorite blogs, recently ran a poll on how many of their readers use a wired network in their house as opposed to wireless only. A surprising minority were exclusively wireless, with most people reporting at least some of their devices being wired – and this is a good thing! We’ll discuss a wiring project in our next post, but I’ve recently run some speed tests using SpeedTest.net, testing on my Dell Laptop in three configurations: wired, Wi-Fi two floors away, and Wi-Fi right next to the access point.
The results were pretty telling: network speed on a wired connection is understandably good (I have a 100Mbps Xfinity connection by Comcast – getting real speeds of almost 80Mbps isn’t too bad!):
The takeaway here is that not only is wired ethernet dramatically faster than Wi-Fi, but distance matters when connecting wirelessly – if you have a multi-floor house it might be worth considering the use of multiple access points.