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My roommate and I have a cable broadband connection originating in his room.  He is directly wired to the Netgear dsl/cable router, and I am connected wirelessly via my USB adaptor.  My question is:  will he always get bandwidth priority over me because he is directly connected?   He plays a particular computer game in which he can set it on "auto" and it will continue to run when he is not there, and I can't help but think that I am taking a huge performance hit on my connection because of this.  A second part of my question is:  if we were both directly wired to the router, would router port 1 take priority over router 2?  Basically, I don't want to get screwed out of a good connection, because I paid for all the hardware and he might be reaping the benefits of our connection and I get the sloppy seconds.  Thanks for your insight.
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No it doesn't work that way.  Each port is given the same amount of bandwidth/priority.  It dosen't matter whether you plug into port 1 or 4.  As far as bandwidth utilization, he obiously has a much faster connection to the router itself being directly plugged into the router but this would not impact the Internet bandwidth.  It sounds like the computer game he is running would definitely slow down your connection but it wouldn't matter if you were wireless or directly connected, it would cause the same impact.
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