ethernet vs thunderbolt for migration

If using migration assistant to transfer system from old macbook pro with thunderbolt port to new macbook pro with thunderbolt port, is it better to use wired ethernet connection or thunderbolt connection for the migration? Which is faster?

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    I recently did some experimenting with the migration assistant. The source machine is a 2011 MacBook Air and the target machine is a 2012 Macbook Pro Retina. The data transferred is 127gb.

    Technique. Duration.
    Wireless. 4.7 hours
    Ethernet direct. 1.7 hours
    Thunderbolt. 10 minutes

    All three techniques resulted in a flawless transfer of data, settings, etc. the software just works, and the a thunderbolt technology makes it crazy fast.

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  • Thanks. I did use thunderbolt and it was a good/fast solution. Took about 27 minutes for migration of 200 gb

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  • thunderbolt, however it will be more expensive

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