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1 Gigabit switch on a 10/100 mbit router


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Cakk

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I currently have an Asus WL-500W router.
1 WH Server
2 Desktops
1 Wireless Laptop

I transfer lots of movie and music files between them.
It can only get speeds up to 12MB/s PC to PC.

Is there anyway I can get a gigabit network switch and connect it too all my PCs and my router and then get 100MB/s between PCs?
Someone on a different site confirmed this. But I want to make sure its accurate before I do anything.


I read that I could plug in both the desktops and the server to the Gigabit switch then the router and get 1000Gigabit speeds locally.

If this is true will I still be able to access shared folders on my Windows Home Server from my Wireless laptop that is connected to a router.

Also I have DD-WRT on my router would it be possible to see all the LAN connections even if they are wired to the switch and not the router but the router is wired to the switch as well?

Any suggestions on which switch I should get?
I was looking at:

NETGEAR GS108 for the switch and
2x TRENDnet TEG-PCITXR 10/ 100/ 1000/ 2000Mbps PCI Copper Gigabit Network Adapter

Trying to keep the pricing under $85


Please help.

Edited by Cakk, 09 May 2009 - 12:13 AM.

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A Gigabit network switch will only work at Gigabit speeds if the rest of the hardware is also Gigabit, otherwise it'll function as a normal 10/100Mb connection.
Therefore if the network ports are only 10/100Mb and/or the router is only 10/100Mb, a Gigabit switch will be of no use to you unless you replace the network interfaces and the router with Gigabit capabilities.

It's kind of like pouring water into bucket via a funnel - you'll only get more water through the funnel if you replace it with one with a wider neck. Replacing it with a more powerful hose or a bigger bucket isn't going to make the water flow through the funnel any quicker.
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A Gigabit network switch will only work at Gigabit speeds if the rest of the hardware is also Gigabit, otherwise it'll function as a normal 10/100Mb connection.
Therefore if the network ports are only 10/100Mb and/or the router is only 10/100Mb, a Gigabit switch will be of no use to you unless you replace the network interfaces and the router with Gigabit capabilities.

It's kind of like pouring water into bucket via a funnel - you'll only get more water through the funnel if you replace it with one with a wider neck. Replacing it with a more powerful hose or a bigger bucket isn't going to make the water flow through the funnel any quicker.



Ahh ok. I should have researched my router more before I bought it. At the time I wasn't planning on getting a server.

What would be a good gigabit router that works with DD-wrt there is the WRT-600N but its being discontinued.

The main reason I got the 500w was because of DD-wrt
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