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Windows 7: Network layout question??


23 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Network layout question??

Hi, I have a wireless modem router, the routers ports only do 10/100, my idea is to set up like the diagram, will doing it this way allow my pc/ps3/xbox/and any other PC's on the wired network to transfer data (mostly music and films) at gigabit speeds or will all data still go through the router limiting the speed? the laptops will connect via wireless to the router.

Thanks in advance.




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23 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail RTM, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

As long as they are hooked to the gigabit switch you will get full speed from pc to xbox and ps3. Any traffic going threw the slow router will be limited (wireless client to wired PC).
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23 Oct 2009   #3

7600.20510 x86
 
 

PC will communicate with game consoles at Gigabit, which is pretty much unnecessary for streaming anything. A solid 100 mbps is fine unless really heavily used concurrently. A standard average DVD streaming is only like 6-8 mbps. Blu-ray unripped could get triple or quadruple that. Typical DivX or XviD DVDRips, like 1-2 mbps.

PC will communicate with internet and laptop at 100 mbps. Internet obviously will be limited by ISP as always.

Edit: Now that I think about it more, those game consoles might not be Gigabit capable either, anyhow.
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23 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thanks guys, I thought as much but wanted confirmation before I paid out for a switch and bits,

One last thing, would i need cat6 cable or will cat5e handle gigabit?

Thanks,
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23 Oct 2009   #5

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Cat5e is gigabit ready. You're welcome. I worked in Wire & Cable division at uL. lol crush tests.

On a side note, I was project manager and handled Verizon's test submission samples right before they started rolling out fiber. Cost them 200k+ to certify the optic cable they used haha. The engineers had fun.
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23 Oct 2009   #6

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DxxS View Post
Thanks guys, I thought as much but wanted confirmation before I paid out for a switch and bits,

One last thing, would i need cat6 cable or will cat5e handle gigabit?

Thanks,

Cat 5E will but cat 6 is still prefered especially if you are going to be cutting the cable to length.. Btw why dont you just buy a router that is gigabit? you are adding another device and more cables than you need.
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23 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Im switching to another ISP (Virgin Media) who give a free wireless router and from what i have found it does not support gigabit, and from what I have found can get a switch cheaper than a router.

just out of curiosity, why is cat 6 preferred over 5e if cutting it to length? does this make a difference?

Thanks.
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23 Oct 2009   #8

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Cat6 is only necessary or recommended for very long runs such as 300+ feet. Otherwise, it offers absolutely no benefit to a home user, is more expensive and harder to terminate.

Until there are 10 gbps adapters and routers, Cat6 is useless unless as Ive said, for very long runs.
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23 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
Cat6 is only necessary or recommended for very long runs such as 300+ feet. Otherwise, it offers absolutely no benefit to a home user, is more expensive and harder to terminate.

Until there are 10 gbps adapters and routers, Cat6 is useless unless as Ive said, for very long runs.
Thats good to know as i have a box of cat 5e in my loft, was worried it would go to waste.
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23 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

My set up is just like your picture, works like a charm. Gigabit is the way to go it makes network shares nearly as fast as internal drives. Noticeably faster than USB external drives!
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