01-27-2013 10:58 PM - last edited on 01-28-2013 2:13 PM by cathy2981
I have a 2Wire 3800HGV-B Gateway. I have attached to it via a lan port, a Netgear GS605v3 gigabit switch. The switch is connected to 3 computers and a NAS. Everything works except the computers and NAS don't communicate with each other at gigabit speed. Is there a way to configure my system so the computers and the NAS communicate with each other at gigabit speed? or do I need to buy a gigabit router and configure it as suggested in post #2? TIA
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01-28-2013 1:32 PM - last edited on 01-28-2013 2:13 PM by cathy2981
If the NAS and all the computers:
then they should be able to communicate at Gigabit speeds. Check each computer's adapter to confirm the Gigabit connection. The NAS appliance should have some way to check that too. There may also be indicators on your switch that the connection is Gigabit.
So... how do you know they're not communicating a gigabit speeds? If you're checking via transfer rate, is it better than 100 Mbps, just not close enough to 1000 Mbps for your liking?
01-28-2013 2:57 PM
All computers have gigabit ethernet cards. The NAS is a Seagate Backarmor, it also has a gigabit port. All cables ate cat6, non longer than 6 feet. Windows 7 reports a gigbit connection on all computers. As you know a switch is a dumb device. Once it is connected to 2Wire gateway, it recieves ip addresses from 2Wire and acts as an extension of the 2wire. If I discounect the Netgear switch and manually assign an ip address to the nas and the computers, then they work at gigabit speed (about 60MB/s vs about 15MB/s if they are connected to 2wire gateway). Now if I connect the switch back to the gateway with all devices having manually assigned ip addresses then I don't get interenet access on computers. So I am wondering if I need to buy a gigabit router and follow the insrtuction that "SomeJoe" suggested or if there is a way for the switch to work with 2wire and all the gigabit devices behind it communicate with each other at gigabit speed. TIA
01-28-2013 5:04 PM
01-28-2013 6:53 PM
.. As you know a switch is a dumb device. Once it is connected to 2Wire gateway, it recieves ip addresses from 2Wire and acts as an extension of the 2wire....
Switches are not dumb devices. They make decisions about what to do with packets, etc. They operate at level 2 of the TCP/IP stack, vs level 3 where a router operates. If you have a group of TCP/IP node on the same subnet on the same physical LAN, then once they've found each other via ARP, there is no more routing going on, the nodes communicate directly to each other using MAC addresses, which the switch handles putting out on the right ports.
This is unlike a hub, which is indeed a dumb device. It repeats everything it hears on any port out all ports.
Connecting to the 2WIRE should not be changing your speed equation, especially not so dramatically. Something is missing from this picture.
What other devices do you have in your network?
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