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If you have a 10 or 20 Mbit/sec internet connection, and your 802.11N is running at 144 Mbit/sec, switching to Ethernet won't really make a difference. Only if you're slinging bits between devices within your network does it matter.

I find that public WiFi gets incredibly slow when there's a lot of users, and especially so when there's a lot of other WiFi hotspots active in the general vicinity as well. WiFi speed at resorts is typically poor and often atrocious... especially when the signal is low (which it very often is). The phones at the resorts are wired, and they work fine; which leads me to wonder if just using wired connections for Ethernet instead of WiFi would work fine there too.

Clearly, wired Ethernet at a public place would not be slowed down at all by the presence of other establishments nearby. But I'm not sure how much improvement there'd be in a public place with no other WiFi signals within range. Certainly I find such places can be very slow, but is that because the WiFi is slow, or because the shared Internet connection is maxed out?

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