Upgrade to gigabit intranet

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by gnode, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. gnode

    gnode Network Guru Member

    I'm interested in increasing internal throughput in my soho network. I'm currently using a WRT54GS router with 4 machines - one wireless laptop, one webserver/mail server, a media server, and one machine that primarily does ftp and p2p transfers. My internet connection is cable (3.0MB/s dl and 256KB/s ul). I am considering adding a Linksys EG005W gigabit switch to my network to increase the throughput between the three wired machines.

    I am just wondering if anyone has used this combination of equipment, and if so, if it worked as they expected it to. Will this switch better manage internet traffic to and from the three wired machines (as opposed to the built in 10/100 switch in the WRT54GS?) One of my concerns is that the ftp/p2p machine creates the majority of the traffic, which tends to bog down (and sometimes lock up) the router. Could adding the switch help alleviate this problem, or could it potentially make it worse?

    I am also open to suggestions for other equipment that might solve my network issues.

    Thanks in advance...
  2. mebiuspower

    mebiuspower Network Guru Member

    I am also in a similar situation. I have a WRT54G (thibor 15c) and I run a Synology DS-106e NAS box (great product btw) at home which is capable of gigabit speed.

    The problem comes when I can't run 1080i (mpeg2 video, ac2 dolby audio) videos thru the NAS box. I also store a lot of video files on there and I treat it like a normal HD (all folders are mapped in windows) and the transfer speed is barely adequate. I know from reading on Tom's if it's running at gigabit speed, that's a 50-60% speed improvement over 100bit ethernet.

    Now that the price for the gigabit switch is somewhat down to an affordable level I'm not sure if it's worth a try for me. Anyone got any suggestions?
  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Will the switch help your internal machine to machine traffic? Yes, however that does not appear to be where your bottle neck is. If your bottle neck is in fact your router, you should see no change in what is happening now in regards to your internet traffic. If however the problem is machine to machine throughput as mebiuspower has expressed then if you have gigabit ethernet capabilities then yes it should help quite a bit. Keep in mind though that all current tests shows that gigabit switches and cards in the soho environment show only a 200-250 Mbps maximum throughput.

    gnode, unless you are getting thousands of connection requests all at once i dont see the router being the issue, but it is not unheard of. If you believe one device/machine is causing undue stress to the network, shut down that machine or service to test your theory. Eventually you should be able to single out the problem child and move on from there in getting it configured or situated in such a way that limits its exposure or keeps it from causing undue network stress.
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