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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?

 

 

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?

 

 

Cat5E/6, Gigabyte Nics and ATT RG

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May 22, 2011 6:47:53 PM
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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.

 

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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May 22, 2011 8:12:41 PM
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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.

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..

 

 

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.

 

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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