Solved: Wired vs. Wireless Connection

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Somebody asked me about this, and I don't know the answer. Using the router in my house (some flavor of Netgear), which internet connection would typically be faster, wired or wireless? I'd guess wired, but don't really know.
 
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If gigabit: Wired connections have a maximum theoretical throughput of 125MBps.

If Wireless-AC: Should be somewhere between 62.5-216MBps depending on channels, antennas, etc etc etc but more realistic values are closer to 54MBps.

Essentially, you'll be limited by how quickly your storage can read / write. I have tested however a large data transfer across a cheap ($20 gigabit switches) wired network with data transfers of 115MBps (just about fully saturating the connection) from SSD to SSD between two computers. Your true limiting factor of speed to the internet is your internet connection itself however.

As far as latency is concerned, signal strength on the wireless is a major factor but you will see lower latency over a wired connection.
 
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