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Wireless vs. Ethernet

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Richter915, Aug 21, 2008.

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  1. Richter915

    Richter915 Thread Starter

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    So I just bought myself a new laptop (hp dv6910us) and I'm enjoying it thoroughly but I have a very basic question about what to use in terms of internet. In my apartment, I can easily connect to the internet through my ethernet connection or through the wireless. Both are smooth, fast connections. In terms of increasing the lifespan and battery-life of the computer, should I stick primarily to connecting through the ethernet or through my wireless connection? I have an Atheros AR5007 802.11 b/g WiFi adaptor and my processor is an AMD Turion X-2 TL-60 2Ghz with 3.00GB RAM. Running windows vista 32 Bit. It's a general question, not a pressing issue so answer at your leisure. Thanks.
     
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    Not sure if anyone has ever bench marked something like that. But my gut feeling is that the wireless would draw a little bit more power but I have no evidence to back that up.
     
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    In terms of increasing the lifespan and battery-life of the computer mostly use A/C.

    If you are referring to how long it takes to discharge the battery I'm sure the wireless adapter uses more energy.

    In the Help and Support Center on my HP laptop there is a pretty good discussion of laptop batteries.
     
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    Using wireless networking doesn't affect the overall life of the laptop. The laptop will use more battery power when running from battery with wireless enabled. You have to decide how best to balance power and portability. There's little point in owning a laptop you always have wired to a network and plugged into a wall. A desktop would be more economical in that situation.
     
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