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#1 BUS24

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 02:34 PM

Hi I have a router/modem with 10/100 Ethernet ports. My Internet speed is 6 Mbps. I have a NAS and PC. I want to be able to get best speeds I can with each other. I was thinking buying a gigabit switch and connect gigabit Ethernet cables from NAS and PC to it. Both NAS and PC have gigabit Ethernet capability.

Currently I have both connected through router. It uses wireless N and my PC is connected to it via WIFI. NAS is connected to 10/100 port. I can only get 10 MB/s speeds.

I believe though if devices are connected to a gigabit switch, that should definitely speed up inter-networking?

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:36 AM

You are correct your speeds will definitely be better. 


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 06:30 PM

Hi I have a router/modem with 10/100 Ethernet ports. My Internet speed is 6 Mbps. I have a NAS and PC. I want to be able to get best speeds I can with each other. I was thinking buying a gigabit switch and connect gigabit Ethernet cables from NAS and PC to it. Both NAS and PC have gigabit Ethernet capability.

Currently I have both connected through router. It uses wireless N and my PC is connected to it via WIFI. NAS is connected to 10/100 port. I can only get 10 MB/s speeds.

I believe though if devices are connected to a gigabit switch, that should definitely speed up inter-networking?


As noted by Sneakycyber, if you connect a gigabit switch to the router and then connect both the NAS and computer to the gigabit router, you should get better speeds. This also assumes you are using gigabit compatible ethernet cables...ideally Cat 5e or Cat 6 cables, although technically if done right a Cat 5 can as well. This is essentially what I do (although my router is also gigabit too) and I get very good transfers between by computer and my NAS.

When you say 10 MB/s for you current setup, do you mean megabyte (i.e. MB) or megabit (i.e. Mb)? Assuming both your computer and router both support 802.11n and you are actually getting a stable 802.11n connection and that you computer is not far enough away from the router to dramatically reduce the "speed" of the connection, you should be getting better than 10 Mbps transfers between the computer and the NAS. 10 MBps (i.e. 80 Mbps) would be more realistic for that setup. I ask because if you are only getting 10 Mbps, then you may have some other issue going on.




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