Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Internet speed - wired vs wireless

07 Sep 2017   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
Internet speed - wired vs wireless

I recently upgraded our Xfinity Internet speed to 200 Mbps, and the results on my wired desktop are impressive, typically around 250 Mbps download speed. In checking the other desktop computer in the same room with a wireless connection, however, the difference was definitely startling. The wireless download speed hovered around 20 Mbps! I know wireless is slower than an ethernet connection, but this difference is pretty unbelievable. I ran the same test on a Win 10 laptop in the same room also wireless. Speed was better, around 40-50 Mbps, but that's still a huge drop from the hard wired computer's results. Is this spread normal? BTW, the wireless computers don't "seem" slow in their Internet use.

Thanks for any thoughts!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Sep 2017   #2

win 8 32 bit

The wireless speed can be faster than the ethernet the new AC wireless can run up to3 gigs. your wireless speed will be due to old hardware g type routers and cards run about 20 meg, n type can in theory do 300 meg but 50 meg is normal What type is your current router and what are your wireless cards type.

Get a new AC router and cards and it will fly AC cards are cheap now
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Sep 2017   #3

Windows 10 64 bit

There are several versions of Wi-Fi and with the different versions different speeds.

See this:
How Fast Is a Wi-Fi Wireless Network?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 Sep 2017   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

Thank you for the replies. We use Xfinity's modem-router, latest model, but the fault may be the wireless cards. Thank you for the help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Internet speed - wired vs wireless

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Slow internet speed with wired and wireless connection
I recently clean installed windows 7 on an ssd i bought for my custom built computer and after installing all the updates and every driver has even been updated to the latest, I still have slow internet speeds and that's with my ethernet and wirless adapter. I have google just about everything...
Network & Sharing
wired internet speed is much slower then wifi -lenovo thinkpad
i have Lenovo thinkpad e531 x64 win 8 I just got new speed internet and when I connect my computer using ethernet it's signifiantly slower than wireless on the same laptop. On my other laptop the wired produces very fast results (faster than wifi) so the problem is my laptopr's ethernet...
Network & Sharing
Windows 7 internet speed slow on wireless, but fast on wired
I have two Windows 7 Laptops that connect to a Motorola SURFboard eXtreme cable modem SB6121. Suddenlink (cable provider) recently upgraded our network which gives 50 MPS speeds or more. I can only get 50 MPS when I disable wireless on my laptop and connect with a direct cable. Otherwise I get 20...
Network & Sharing
Internet connectivity problem, affects wired internet but not wireless
I am having Internet connectivity issues that only affect my computer and only affect it when I'm using a wired connection as opposed to a wireless connection. I would just use the wireless except that it's too weak here at my house especially in the room where I'm working and thus it's slow...
Network & Sharing
Wired PC getting half the downstream speed as wireless laptop
I'm hoping someone has some insight into this problem, as it's got me stumped. Comcast recently doubled my Blast! speeds from 30/6 (I'm guessing at the old speed tier) to 50+/10+ Mbps. After rebooting my less-than-a-month-old Motorola SB6121 modem and my Trendnet TEW-633GR router, I ran a speed...
Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:47.
Twitter Facebook Google+