05-22-2011 12:53 PM
My current home network consists of:
3800HGV-B which connects to:
Asus RT-N56U router which in turn connects/manages:
1 Netgear Prosafe GS108 switch
2 Netgear Prosafe FS105 switches
3 Windows 7 systems with gigabyte NICs
1 Windows Home Server 2011 with gigabyte NIC
1 WIndows 7 notebook connected via wireless N to the RT-N56U
1 Motorola VIP 1225 DVR
When my house was built (2003) it was wired with Cat5 cabling.
My question is, with the above devices connected the way they are, would I see any benefit to refitting the cabling to either Cat5E or Cat6?
Or is the presence of ANY non-gigabyte connection going to drag the entire network down to 10/100?
Is there anyway to offset that or will it have to wait until the AT&T devices (RG and DVR) move to gigabyte?
05-22-2011 6:47 PM
You can have mixed speed (1000Mbs/100Mbs) devices on the network and each will operate at it's rated speed. If you're getting gigabit speeds over your current cabling then you shouldn't worry about changing it out.
05-23-2011 7:56 PM
So I managed to get LANTest working.
Testing pretty consitently in the 800 range, so it sounds like my cabling is good to go.
From what I've read I doubt upgrading to Cat6 would boost me much higher..
05-24-2011 4:27 AM
You're right. Your current cabling is providing the rated speed of your network adapters. It doesn't get any better than that.