Why would my wireless connecton be slower after connecting another computer via ethernet?

by on August 13, 2010

Q: At home I’m on a wireless network. I have two computers hooked wirelessly and one hard wired to the modem. Before the one computer was hard wired the other two worked perfectly fine. After the hard wired one was attached, the other two are dogs now. It is possible that the one computer that is hard wired is taking priority over wireless ones and eating up all the bandwidth?


One Response to “Why would my wireless connecton be slower after connecting another computer via ethernet?”
  1.  

    For sending data around you have a few different bandwidth pipes.

    There is one from your ISP to your house, so if one computer is downloading stuff there is less bandwith available for the other computers. If that system is just sitting idle, it isn’t taking up any bandwith.

    There is another one from one end of the Ethernet cable to the other.

    Then there is a third which is the shared pipe of wireless between the two computers to the router.

    So the one wired system shouldn’t be impacting the wireless connections of the other two computers. Unless it is downloading a ton of stuff and eating up all the internet bandwidth.

    For some tips on improving your wireless connection see this website: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/setup/wirelesstips.aspx