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So on my Mac I have both WiFi and ethernet to get access to the Internet.. The reason for this is because Tweetbot needs WiFi to determine my location.

But what I want to know is,

is there any advantage to having both enabled, and equally, is there any disadvantages?

asked Aug 15 '12 at 14:40

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How does WiFi determine location, and not at all, you pay for 1mb/s internet, you're not going to get 2mb/s jus because you're connected twice, however Ethernet has lower ping since its wired

(Aug 15 '12 at 15:01) pjob797 pjob797's gravatar image

It's what it tells me when I try to use location services, I need to be connected via WiFi. Thanks for your response.

(Aug 15 '12 at 15:16) KaPOWitsCHRIS KaPOWitsCHRIS's gravatar image

Having both connected doesn't make a difference. Ethernet is probably ever so slightly faster since it's wired, but there's no advantages to having both connected.

answered Aug 15 '12 at 15:10

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Well with Eithernet you can go as fast as a gigabit connection if your router and wired networking card can do it. Otherwise it is usually a 10/100 Megabit connection with those. Plus the advantage with those is that you won't loose a connection since it is plugged in directly at both ends. While wireless you can go as high as N connection at around 300-400 megabit connection. Within the area of your house or condo. It will depend on your wireless capabilities on it. My two thinkpads have the built in b connection. But I can use a PCMCIA networking card to get a N connection with those. The other thing with the wireless is the signal and degrreedation of the signal when roaming the house or condo. Sometimes you have a great signal when your closer to the router itself. But gets weaker when you are further away from it. And how the house has been bult as well. Since some house have either Gypsium board or they are using a form of plaster with chicken wire to hold it up and may way in on the signal strength. I used to work for an ISP up here and noticed that easily when helping people out on their wired and wireless connection.

When you mentioned location service. It will usually mean or give you an indication at least when setting it up if your not on your own home network connection. Is that it is other names or locations that you have connected to with it. So you know that with each location there is a set of configurations for those connection when next time you are there.

answered Aug 15 '12 at 16:01

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