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    Red face will connecting a wirless router slow down internet speed?
    if i connect the ethernet cable from my cable modem to my netgear wireless router and then connect a ethernet cable from the router to my mac will it slow down my internet on my mac? and if it does is it by a lot?

    also if it slows down should i just use wifi instead?

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    May 27, 2008
    Macbook Pro 15" | 2.4GHz | 2GB | 256MB VRAM | 200GB HD
    Well, the odds are that if a cable goes from your cable modem to a router then to your mac, yes, it will be slightly slower than it would if you plugged the cable modem directly into the mac. There is a slight amount of processing in a router. However, you would most likely never notice a difference.

    It is, however, usually quite a bit faster to use a wire to the router than wifi, and more stable/reliable. But any of this really depends on your individual situation.
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    Here is more discussion on cable being faster than wireless:-

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