Cat5E/6, Gigabyte Nics and ATT RG

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Cat5E/6, Gigabyte Nics and ATT RG

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?

 

 

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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.

 

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What's a good tool/utility to test actual speeds?

 

I tried LAN Speed test (http://www.totusoft.com/lanspeed2.html) but the server component is wonky and doesn't work.

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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..

 

 

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You're right.  Your current cabling is providing the rated speed of your network adapters.  It doesn't get any better than that.

 

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