Study: Wi-Fi is 30 Percent Slower Than Hardwire


A new study finds that wireless web gaming, VoIP and video streaming could be disrupted by home appliances.

Mar. 10, 2011 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We absolutely love the option to surf the web from the couch or the back deck. However, when it comes to some web tasks, wireless just doesn’t pack the same punch as a good, old-fashioned hardwired connection—and a new study agrees.

According to Reuters, broadband research firm Epitiro says that microwaves and other home appliances are interfering with download speeds. On average, those speeds are 30-percent slower than fixed Ethernet connections.

We’re happy to report that you web surfers shouldn’t notice much of a difference; Epitiro says that those differences aren’t all that noticeable. However, those of you participating in online gaming, Skype calls, and video streaming could experience latency and data loss. 

For best results, Epitiro recommends hanging out closer to your Wi-Fi router. Of course, that could defeat the purpose of going wireless. Another option would be to install a HomePlug product, which uses your home’s existing powerlines to create a stable web connection.

Epitiro’s study took place between November 2010 and February 2011. The company monitored 14,001 consumer broadband connections in a variety of countries, including the United States, Britain, Italy and Spain.

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