The transfer rate is in Mbps, but is that the same as the download rate? Is there a difference? Any insight would be great. Thanks in advance!
The rate that is shown is link rate.. and transfer rate is less than half that figure. Wireless is single channel half-duplex so by its nature.. all wireless devices are time sharing.. and wireless cannot tx and rx at the same time.. so there is a lag. and speed is affected by having to transmit and then receive.
Just use a web speed test site in your area or ftp store.. measure one computer by ethernet and another by wireless..
You should also do a test direct to the modem to make sure the TC is up to the load.