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A new study has revealed that the average download speed enjoyed by home Wi-Fi users is almost a third slower than fixed-line users.

Research conducted by network measurement firm Epitiro found that wireless broadband users receive speeds 30 per cent lower than those possible through their routers.

However, the company claimed that consumers are willing to sacrifice speed for the flexibility of being able to get online with web enabled devices anywhere in their home.

"People are voting with their feet and trading speed for the benefits of mobility," said report author Iain Wood.

"Most of us do emailing and web surfing and for these things there is precious little difference between the 50Mb services and an 8Mb service."

Mr Wood explained that wireless broadband users may be able to improve their Wi-Fi speeds by changing channels on their router and reducing inference.

He noted that people living in urban locations are likely to be using the same channels as other routers in the same locality.

Internet service provider Orange claims that its wireless 'N' router offers broadband speeds 15 times greater than traditional routers.

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