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inGearX
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join:2000-06-11
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Help - I've got Cat6 PCs - but no router...

Good day all - I want to ask for your advice on how to properly upgrade to Cat 6 in my situation?

All my PCs have Cat 6 - but my LinkSys router is 3 years old and is Cat 6

I notice that Cat 6 router is $120 or so...

is that router my only option? is that my best option?

Thank you all...


alottabull

join:2004-09-04
Cen Tex

What do you mean by going Cat6? I guess I don't understand because you can plugin Cat6 anywhere you were using Cat5. Do you mean you are upgrading to gigabit?



bbarrera
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Sacramento, CA
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reply to inGearX

How fast is your Internet? I'm assuming your router has 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports and your computers have gigabit Ethernet. Upgrading your router probably won't make Internet faster. However transfers between PCs will be faster if you add a gigabit switch ($50) or upgrading router to gigabit Ethernet model ($120+).

Don't expect gigabit transfers between PCs, unless you have very fast hard drives you'll likely see 40MB/sec (320Mbps) file transfers between computers over gigabit Ethernet.

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ChiTang
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reply to inGearX

Re: Help - I've got Cat6 PCs - but no router...

Another possibility will be getting a gigabit switch.

modem -> router -> switch -> PCs.

That will potentially increase Lan performance but internet access will remain the same.
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tschmidt
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reply to inGearX

Category is a rating system applied to wiring not electronic equipment.

Cat 5e supports up to Gig Ethernet. There is no Ethernet specification that requires Cat 6. The new 10G Ethernet over copper requires Cat 6A (augmented) to meet worst case conditions. Cat 6 will work in many cases.

What is it you are tying to accomplish. Per your post everything you have is Cat 6.

/tom



Nightfall
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reply to inGearX

I would also like to know what router you are looking at that costs $120. I haven't seen any "cat 6" routers.



nixen
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Alexandria, VA
reply to inGearX

said by inGearX:

Good day all - I want to ask for your advice on how to properly upgrade to Cat 6 in my situation?
Yank out the old, non Cat6 cables and install Cat6 cables?

said by inGearX:

I notice that Cat 6 router is $120 or so...
Err... What??

said by inGearX:

is that router my only option? is that my best option?

Thank you all...
I think you're either confused or confused in your terminology. Either way, your condition is very contagious. Right now, my brain hurts from trying to process your post!
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urbanriot
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said by nixen:

I think you're either confused or confused in your terminology. Either way, your condition is very contagious. Right now, my brain hurts from trying to process your post!
Agreed, I think he's under some kind of false impression that upgrading to CAT6 would increase the speed of his internet (which it won't). Unless you have a spool of it in the trunk of your car and plenty of time to kill, there's no reason to do it unless you have a need to transfer at gigabit speeds within your home... and even then, quality CAT5 would still suit you just fine. And if you were going that route, you'd still continue to use your old router and just pick up a gigabit switch.


nfixit2004
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join:2004-01-06
Brooklyn, NY
reply to ChiTang

said by ChiTang:

Another possibility will be getting a gigabit switch.

modem -> router -> switch -> PCs.

That will potentially increase Lan performance but internet access will remain the same.
agreed! like others posted, just get the gigabit switch, unless your worried about having more plugs connected to your ups/surge protector, in that case upgrade your router. and with all this said, I hope all of your pcs are gigabit ready(with 1gbps NICs), the cat6 cables are not going to do it(just thought I mentioned that)

hope this helps