I've heard people proclaim this and I've told other people this as well:
"The bandwidth of your 802.11g wireless (54 MBits/sec?) is much larger than the bandwidth of your cable/DSL (3-5 Mbits/sec), so there should be no loss of internet download speed if you switch to wireless."
However, I've found that this is not the case with my laptop. The wireless seems to be half as slow (or worse) than the wired connection. I've been running speed tests on my laptop, and I get about 5.5 MBits if I hook up an ethernet cable. I get 1.7-3.3 MBits through the wireless adapter. I know that speedtests aren't the best for getting accurate numbers, but the I'm just using it to compare my ethernet against my wireless.
What could possibly be slowing things down? Is there an easy way to gauge the wireless adapter's max speed ( just across my LAN, not across the internet )? Does the above proclamation represent the sound logic of a person who just doesn't have all the facts?