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Ethernet speed and cables questions


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#1 gamemaster406

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 07:54 PM

Hello, I have a few questions about my ethernet speed and if I'm getting the 1000MB in my 10/100/1000 ethernet switch. My first question is if Cat5e and Enhanced Cat5 are the same? I have the Enhanced Cat5 cable connecting my modem to the switch, but the switch is only reading 100M (only one light is green). I have the Cat5e (doesn't say enhanced on it) connecting my PC to my ethernet switch. This is where my main concern comes in. Both lights are on (1000M) for the port that my computer is connected to, but only the 100M is reading in the port my modem is connected to. So do I have wrong cables? Is the modem too old for 10/100/1000?

I hope this isn't too confusing. Basically the port the modem connects to has just 100M lit up, but the port connecting my PC has both lit up.

EDIT: I just did a test on Speedtest.net and its only reading 10-13 Mbps. That doesn't seem to fast...

Thanks,
Mike

Edited by gamemaster406, 26 April 2011 - 08:12 PM.


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Posted 27 April 2011 - 12:45 PM

Are you confusing LAN (local area network) speeds with your actual internet speed?

Either way, the cable shouldn't matter too much (unless you have special circumstances), but for a gb lan connection to work, you must have:
-1gb LAN Connection (card) on the PC
-1gb LAN connection on the router/modem/hub/switch
-1gb LAN connection (card) on the other PC.

The 10/100/1000mb is for PC to PC in your network only. You'll only get the internet speeds that you are subscribed to. 10+mbps isn't bad at all, and is above-average.

Edited by NpaMA, 27 April 2011 - 12:46 PM.


#3 gamemaster406

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 01:52 PM

Ok, that makes sense. I also checked with my ISP and we should be getting up to 20 Mbps which is true.

Thanks,
Mike




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