I don't do much data transfer between devices on my home network but today I tried to copy a 4GB file from my desktop to my laptop. The transfer rate showed as being around 40Mbps, give or take. That's connected to my Devolo wireless n homeplug. That looks suspiciously like g speed so I tried to connect direct to the router and failed (but that's another story) whereupon the download restarted (damn! I should have paused it) at around 20Mbps.
The only other thing I have tried to use wireless for, other than internet, is to copy MP3 files from my desktop to my phone but that is so slow that I've given up and just plug a cable in. About 5Mbps iirc. I just put it down to small files but maybe I'm wrong.
My network is;
Billion 7800N connected to a pair of Devolo homeplugs. The Devolo cockpit software reports that they're talking to one another at 190Mbps.
All my devices are wireless n except for a printer, which is g and connects to the Billion.
I can find nothing in the Devolo set up that selects wireless mode.
While poking around to find some facts for this post I found that a Nexus 4 phone reports a connection at 54Mbps to router or Devolo, depending which I stand over. A Nexus 7 reported 72Mbps from the Devolo, then 54Mbps from the router, then 54Mbps when I came back to the Devolo. My laptop doesn't report a connection speed, one of the improvements introduced in Win 8 . Desktop is Win 7.
As my internet connection is 4Mbps, rising possibly on Wednesday to gain a "1" in front of the "4", this is irrelevant to web activity but it's bugging me.
I'm hoping I've missed something obvious. Any thoughts appreciated.