For a Mac connected to one of AirPort Extreme's Ethernet ports, is there any degradation in speed or performance?

Currently the Mac is connected directly to cable modem.

  • Asked by John G from Plano
  • 7-Nov-2009
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  • Best Answer:

    No. There should be an *increase* in speed/performance. The wireless operates at up to around 50 Mbs (depending on the version of Airport Extreme you have) while recent versions of Airport Extreme WAN/LAN (wired ethernet ) ports that operate at 1 Gbs. There can be a small loss of performance when the AE is functioning as a router but you can also set it up to function as a switch, in which case you will get whatever speed is available on the WAN ("in") port, up to 1Gbs.

    • Answered by Phillip H from Atlanta
    • 14-Nov-2009