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Apr 14, 2006 — Ok, so today I decided to do something I always meant to do, test my actual broadband speed, and compare the wireless speed to the wired speed, etc. Found this site www.speakeasy.net/speedtest and ran my work laptop. Result, about 780kbps. That sucks! It's like DSL. I've got a cable modem. Ran my desktop (same router) and got 5500kbps. Holy crap, that's a huge difference. Ran my wireless card. 2000+ kbps. My wireless 802.11b connection is 3x faster than the wired ethernet. Inconceivable. Is it a crappy laptop nic card? So I tried a different cable, and boom. 5000 - 6000 kbps. I've been living in dsl land for 10 months because of a bad cable! Maybe not that long, I rearranged my desk and wires a few months ago. But criminy.

Dylan says:

That's really weird. I've always had mixed results with bandwidth speeds, though, especially with wifi. My wifi connection never seems to go nearly the speed that it says I'm connected at for LAN traffic. We only have a T1 connection to the Internet, though, so it's pretty much guaranteed that my wifi connection will at least be more than the entire Internet connection. Fortunately, I don't really do anything that needs high bandwidth. Maybe movie trailers could go faster when viewed at large size, but other than that, not much to complain about.

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