Home WiFi gives 30 percent slower connection: study

HELSINKI Wed Mar 9, 2011 7:03pm EST

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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Download speeds for consumers using WiFi stations are on average 30 percent slower than they are for users of fixed connections, because of physical barriers and interference from devices like microwaves, a study showed on Thursday.

Broadband research firm Epitiro said the differences are rarely visible when surfing Internet, but higher latency and bigger loss of data transferred over WiFi connection could well hurt usage of online gaming, Internet telephony or video streaming.

The advice to consumers is simple.

"Set up your laptop at location at home where you get a good signal," said professor Andy Nix from Bristol University.

"When you are far from the WiFi station, on battery, and your microwave is on -- the connection is not that great."

For the study Epitiro monitored performance of 14,001 consumer broadband connections in Britain, United States, Italy and Spain from November 2010 to February 2011.

(Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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ecmax wrote:
That is great advice. Thank you very much Andy, I will do that from now on.

Mar 09, 2011 8:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GoldenE wrote:
We have DSL for our desktop, and, when we set it up, we used a wireless modem/router combo so that I could use my laptop on the same connection. So far, I’ve had better speeds on the laptop (54 Mbps at all times) than on the desktop (as much as 20 Mbps slower). It’s interesting how this study showed that wireless connections may be 30 percent slower, but my wireless connection is as much as about 30 percent faster. Perhaps, it depends on the equipment used to establish the connection.

Mar 10, 2011 6:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
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