Wired computer slower than wireless laptop

By vegasgmc
Apr 7, 2010
  1. I just upgrade my system to wireless N with a TP-Link router. My laptop is using a cheap USB N adapter and is running at 160 mbs. But my wired desktop is only running at 100 mbs with the motherboards gigabit NIC. There is a very noticeable performance difference especially with streaming video. Youtube and Hulu run great on the laptop but slow on the desktop. It was just the opposite when I had the Wireless G router. Any ideas?
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,377

    I think I figured it out. I assumed that the new router had gigabit ethernet ports but it turns out most routers still use 10/100 ports.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,392   +107

    Well yeah, most 802.11n unless it said on the box it had gig ports it would be 10/100/1000mbps. Got to read the fine print. I would take it back wherever you go it from. 802.11n needs Gig ports if you're doing AP wired if your doing WDS Repeater then it's okay since you're connected via wireless signal instead of a hard-wire.
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