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    Hello all,

    Could you provide me with the BEST but Cheapest Gigabit Switch or Router (4 ports would be excellent)

    Or if you are selling one of the two, please post here!

    Cheers,
    Frazer

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    How many machines are you looking to network and do they all have gigabit NICs ?

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    Xb0xGuru;5661715

    How many machines are you looking to network and do they all have gigabit … How many machines are you looking to network and do they all have gigabit NICs ?



    I am looking to network a netbook, xbox 360, Buffalo Linkstation and PC.

    2/4 of the devices have gigabit NICs.

    Although the xbox and netbook do not have Gigabit NICs, wouldn't the gigabit switch increase quality?

    ThaClarksta;5661862

    I am looking to network a netbook, xbox 360, Buffalo Linkstation and … I am looking to network a netbook, xbox 360, Buffalo Linkstation and PC.2/4 of the devices have gigabit NICs.Although the xbox and netbook do not have Gigabit NICs, wouldn't the gigabit switch increase quality?



    No - whatever you're connected to will reduce to the lowest common denominator. In this case, 100Mbit.

    Original Poster

    Xb0xGuru;5661950

    No - whatever you're connected to will reduce to the lowest common … No - whatever you're connected to will reduce to the lowest common denominator. In this case, 100Mbit.



    Wait, it will reduce it to 100mbit for everything?

    ThaClarksta;5661991

    Wait, it will reduce it to 100mbit for everything?



    Unless you have packets directly going between the two gigabit devices, yes.

    Even so, a gigabit connection between two PCs won't see anywhere near the speed you're expecting. The PCI bus is limited at 33Mbytes a second- you then have to consider the overheads before network traffic can travel down. You'll probably see about twice the bandwidth, give or take a few mbytes.

    Gigabit switches are ideal for designing a larger network, but not so much when you've only got a couple of machines which benefit.
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