In my house is an older black macbook. If I plug it into the house ethernet with a cable, youtube videos pause and spin the throbber and other network operations are also sluggish.

If I disconnect the cable and turn on WiFi, all is well. The TimeCapsule supplying the WiFi plugins into the same hub as the aforementioned cable (though there are many more feet of wiring involved).

Is there an log on Lion that would tell me if the ethernet interface was getting errors, or getting sick?

  • Have you had a look in the Console? If not, it lives in /Applications/Utilities/Console.app. Select All Messages in the left-hand pane and then maybe filter on things like ethernet or en0 – binarybob Feb 4 '12 at 19:21

You would normally expect better performance from a wired connection, even it it is slower on paper, so there would seem to be a problem, and it would be anywhere on the physical connection from the macbook to the internet router. I would first check what sort of connection you have, 10 half duplex would be bad, 100 full better (1Gb full best, but I don't know if the blackbooks had gigabit ethernet). Check this out on your switch/router and your macbook if you can. It could be set/requested at either end of the connection. A bad cable could force a slower auto-negotiated rate too, so try swapping it out.


I advise you to look at the output of the following command:

netstat -I en0

The Ierrs & Oerrs columns should be stucked to 0.

If your network location is the infamous Automatic one, check that it isn't automatically switching your connection from Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and whatever may have been detected magically.

This magical switching is your first ennemy when you are trying to trouble shoot any network problem.

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