|reply to Radio Active |
Actually, gigabit on desktops is more common now than it was even three years ago. The lag is internal to the desktop, not at the LAN port, in most cases. Even wireless-N (2.4 GHz N) is 145 mbps (faster than wired Fast Ethernet, which had been the pre-2005 desktop standard). So, it's not that desktops (or even portable computers) can't swallow it; it's that it's not profitable to spit out data that fast in a residential setting. Generally, unless you have a carrier willing to loss-lead with bandwidth, consumption will be governed (at the residential level) by the MOST (not least) expensive national carrier. And, despite Comcast and FIOS, the only truly national US broadband carriers are cellular (VZW, Sprint, and AT&T Mobility); theey are also, by and large, the most expensive.
Because I recently replaced the G router serving the house with an N router, once I can get an N PC card for the legacy laptop in the netbook role, the slowest link in the LAN will be a *wired desktop* (remember, 2.4 GHz N is 145 mbps, which is faster than Fast Ethernet); in short, I can replace the wired connection to that desktop with wireless and see bandwidth go up (not to mention banishing wire clutter). And I'm at the LOW end of typical for BBR/DSLR.
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You could also just put a GigE card (wired) and move the desktop to 1000Mbps(GigE or gigabit ethernet), assuming router has GigE ports. I switched to a GigE network(in house) several years ago. In house transfers are now typically at 75MB/s, limiting factor being the hard drive speeds. This will jump to 95MB/s as I replace the older drives with the newer 100MB/s drives.
The router (WNR3500-1VCNAS) has gigabit WAN ports; however, the desktop iis based on the 845E chipset, and will be replaced at Christmas (motherboard swap; replacement mobo *has* gigE onboard). This desktop is *not* the admin box for the LAN, though, the admin box (also equipped with gigE) is less than two line feet from the router.
The point I am makling is that bandwidth within home LANs is not the issue it used to be.
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|reply to PGHammer |
lowest link in the LAN will be a *wired desktop* (remember, 2.4 GHz N is 145 mbps, which is faster than Fast Ethernet); in short, I can replace the wired connection to that desktop with wireless and see bandwidth go up (not to mention banishing wire clutter). And I'm at the LOW end of typical for BBR/DSLR.
Thats 145 half duplex though. And that is also split with more wifi nodes. 100Mbit FDX to a switch beats N based wifi - at least from what i've seen in my office.
There will be no other shared N connections (the laptop is wireless-G, not N). The household LAN is pretty puny by BBR/DSLR standards - two desktops and a laptop.