Maximum internet speeds on Fiber connections

Connecting your computer to your network box or router with an ethernet cable is the best way to get the fastest possible internet speeds.  Although there is an ideal standard for internet speeds when connecting through Wi-Fi, the desired speed does not always reach maximum capacity.  This is because real-world speeds are dependent on factors that affect internet connection such as Fiber equipment and protocol versions that your device operates on.

The tables below are examples that describe the maximum possible download speeds achieved using the Google™ Fiber 1000 service on a variety of wireless and connected devices.  The maximum possible speeds for other Google Fiber plans are not included in these results.

Wi-Fi mobile devices

Release date802.11 versionMaximum speed
2013 – present802.11ac180 Mbps – 390 Mbps
2011 – 2012802.11n90 Mbps
2007 – 2010802.11n32 Mbps – 90 Mbps
2006 or earlier802.11a/b/g32 Mbps
Wi-Fi computers
Release date802.11 versionMaximum speed
2013 – present802.11ac195 Mbps – 585 Mbps
2011 – 2012802.11n180 Mbps – 270 Mbps
2007 – 2010802.11n90 Mbps – 180 Mbps
2006 or earlier802.11a/b/g32 Mbps

Connected (wired) computers

Factors that determine ethernet speeds:

  • Gigabit speeds (this is true for most computers manufactured after 2009)
  • Ethernet connectors (recent laptops do not have one; they require an ethernet adapter)
  • USB 3.0-capable computers (this is true for most computers manufactured after 2013)
Release dateHow ethernet is connectedMaximum speed
2010 or laterThrough an ethernet connector930 Mbps
2010 – 2014Through a USB 2.0 to ethernet adapter400 Mbps
2015 or laterThrough a USB 3.0 to ethernet adapter930 Mbps
2009 or earlierThrough an ethernet connector100 Mbps

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