reply to illsthandlez
Re: Ethernet over Copper (Hatteras and Sonicwall TZ 180) If it's a Hatteras box, it's probably LRE (long reach ethernet.) Ultimately, it doesn't matter... if you're paying for 5 and getting 5.
How was your laptop setup? (autoneg I'm assuming) How did it actually link? What are the published performance specs for the TZ 180?
Suggestion... put a switch between the hatteras and your test device. That will take the link negotiation out of the question. Then test with each. My guess is the firewall isn't fast enough.
I put a switch in the middle of the hatteras and the Sonicwall, with the SonicWall using Auto Nego and it's getting around 5/5!
I'm not sure if it's becuase I have a standard switch between the hatteras and Sonicwall, but the quality of service is not so good. During normal traffic, when I do a continuous ping to www.google.com, I would get a consistently timeout every 20 or so pings. The ping request time is usually ~10 ms which is good.
Additionally when I was downloading something remotely from the server (which is on the speakeasy line), it was destroying the download bandwidth for the speaskeasy line while the upload speed was around 2 meg.
If I was downloading something on speakeasy line, I should be using the upload bandwidth right but is it rendering the download speed to a point that it is unuseable. When this happens and I ping www.google.com, I would get one or two timeout every 10 pins and the response time goes up to 50 and 100 ms.
Any ideas? Speakeasy support is of no help.
I would change out the sonicwall, and go with a differnt type of router Maybe a Cisco or setup a old machine as a router/firewall.
I think this may be your issue.