Bear in mind that even though you have a decent "pipe", some things, ex: x-box, depend on timing to get info to and from servers. the amount of time it takes a packet to reach it'xs destination and come back with a response as in real time gaming, or telephone service. this is called your ping. assuming you have a dsl line or something of a single internet connection. other types of connections like T-1 connections have multiple smaller connections which reduces your ping, this is especially preferred if you have many "nodes" accessing the internet simutaneously. instead of everybody using the same pipe, they can be routed through the different connections on a T-1 line, reducing the wait time needed to get everybody out and back in an orderly fashion. so you may notic`e a small lag in your vonage and or xbox netbased services. but you should get a decent download for files.
also note, if yo have 6 nodes accessing the net, providing you have lots of traffic, you should look at your router's capabilities. some of the more inexpensive (not always) have small or shoddy buffers, dont offer decent firmware updates, these may be a nuisance if the buffers flood and you need to refresh the power often. some of the dual WAN routers have 32m buffers and are able to install 3rd party firmware to without much diffuculty. but that is another story. sorry about rambling on a bit. i got carried away in thought.
anyway, chec this one out, i have it on my bench at work where i have (with switches) sometimes 25 computers accessing at once using 2 dsl lines. and we download gigs a day from the net. http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c...FVisitorWrapper
Edited by Snapper, 07 March 2007 - 09:51 PM.