Is wired Internet faster than the wireless one?


I have a wireless broadband Internet connection. It provides convenience since I can carry my laptop anywhere within the premises within the range of the wireless Internet. Moreover, you do not have to use long connecting wires if your laptop is at a distance from the modem/router. I am very much satisfied that the wireless Internet connection gives me the same speed as I would have got from the wired connection. However, there are many people who often think that a wired connection can offer faster Internet as compared to the wireless connection. But, in the present circumstances, this may not be generally true.

As a matter of fact, a wireless Internet connection is capable of providing Internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps or even better speeds with newer technologies and protocols. For example, my wireless Internet connection is capable of providing a speed of up to 54 Mbps. The fact remains that a normal wired Internet connection will also usually provide you the same speeds or a speed that is in a similar range.

In fact, the problem lies somewhere else. Even though my wireless router is capable of providing me a speed of up to 54 Mbps, I am never able to get that speed since my broadband Internet speed (as provided by my Internet Service Provider, i.e., the ISP) is itself in the range of about 1 Mbps. In fact, many a time, the actual speed which I may be getting may be even less than 1 Mbps (for reasons, read Why do I get less Internet Speed than promised?). Therefore, even if my wireless router hardware is capable of providing me much higher Internet speeds, my actual Internet speed is restricted by the limit imposed by the ISP. The same problem of restricted speed from the ISP would arise even if I had a wired Internet connection.

It is often said that the strength of a chain is in its weakest link. Likewise, the actual speed of an Internet connection is the lowest speed in the whole network through which you get the Internet. In view of these reasons, it hardly matters whether you have a wired Internet connection or a wireless connection for Internet. In most of the cases, the hardware is capable of providing you much higher Internet speeds (irrespective of whether you have a wired connection or a wireless connection) than what your ISP can provide you. Therefore, on most occasions, it is irrelevant whether you have a wired Internet connection or a wireless connection. In fact, even in future, this issue is likely to remain mostly irrelevant since evolving wireless technologies are also likely to offer you great Internet speeds.