connect to the internet via wireless compared to the land line connection?
I don’t have a specific “this is it” answer for this, but I do have a couple
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If you’re at home and connecting to the same network then they should be
roughly the same. For example my laptop can connect both wired and wirelessly
to my home network at different times, but ultimately it’s all still behind my
DSL and router. Same internet connection, really, so it should be roughly the
same wired or wireless.
The difference between a wired and wireless connection may simply be packet
routing and visibility. When you’re connected via a wire to an intelligent
device such as a switch or a router, your computer will most likely see only
the packets of network traffic destined for it. Traffic to other computers on
your network will be routed down other wires or connections by your switch or
‘see’ all the wireless network traffic in the area is the basis for ‘sniffing’
in public hotspots.”
A wireless connection may well see all the other network traffic “in the
air”. It’s possible that if you have two computers connected wirelessly, each
might see all packets destined for the other. It’s very much like wired
computers being connected through a hub, which sends all data received to all
The fact that one wirelessly connected computer can “see” all the wireless
network traffic in the area is the basis for “sniffing” in public hotspots.
Now, if you’re comparing a landline connection at home with a wireless
connection at, say, a public hotspot, this comes into more serious play. Your
landline is probably dedicated – meaning that your ISP only sends traffic down
that line if the traffic is actually for you. A public or other wireless
connection taking a different path to the internet could be picking up lots and
lots of traffic to and from other computers in the area that has nothing to do
with you, but still must be received and evaluated to see if it is for you.
Now, if none of this seems to apply to you – you’re not picking up external
wireless network traffic, for example, I’m actually at a bit of a loss. Even
spyware and viruses shouldn’t be network-specific like that.
One last thing to pay attention to, is that packet size may be different on
that network. This shouldn’t affect *bytes* transferred, but many of the
network status displays list packets, not bytes, and smaller packets means more
packets for the same amount of data.