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Solved: Transfer speeds via Gigabit network?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by rhapsody9, Mar 29, 2010.

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  1. rhapsody9

    rhapsody9 Thread Starter

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    Hi!

    I just wanted to check if there's gonna be a significant change in transfer speeds if I purchase a gigabit switch/router for my NAS, I'm currently using Belkin N router with 10/100Mbps ports. All of my devices connected to the router have 1Gbps ethernet ports.

    I have to transfer most of my files from NAS to PC and vice versa, and the transfer rates just seem very slow.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Bernardo

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    An N router IS 10/100/1000 :confused:
     
  3. rhapsody9

    rhapsody9 Thread Starter

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    N+ and N1 routers will have gigabit ports, the "N" version only has 10/100 ports.
     
  4. TerryNet

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    Yes, you will get significant improvement. Just add a gigabit switch to the router and connect all your gigabit devices to the switch. When he sees this JohnWill no doubt will give you a more definite number as this is how his network is configured.
     
  5. rhapsody9

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    Thanks, I just wanted to check since my friend doesn't want me to change my setup, he believes that the transfer speeds would stay the same.
     
  6. TerryNet

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    Your friend may be correct. I made one of those unstated assumptions w/o realizing I was doing so. I was thinking only of the network--the two gigabit adapters, two cables and a switch. Replace the 100 Mbps switch with 1000 Mbps and there is a significant improvement.

    But the NAS, your hard drive and your computer each are limited as to how fast they can process the data. The limiting factor in the overall data transfer will probably be the lower of those 3 limits. If you are already hitting one of those maximums your friend is 100% correct.
     
  7. rhapsody9

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    Hmm... I'm not sure how to check that. It's just my main concern is the transfer speed - I have transfer rate of 8+ MBps via the 10/100 ports on my router. I am even thinking of enabling jumbo frames on both my PC and NAS just to boost performance once I get a gigabit router but I'm not so sure anymore.
     
  8. TerryNet

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    I don't know how to check for those limits either. Maybe your friend can shed some light on why he is pessimistic.

    Remember that you needn't replace your router; just adding a gigabit switch should be less expensive.

    Around 8 MBps is what I expect on a network with 100 Mbps ethernet being the limiting factor.
     
  9. rhapsody9

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    I'll mark this thread solved. Thanks.
     
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