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Gigabyte vs 100 meg network RRS feed

  • Question

  • In a WHs environment, is it really worth it to upgrade from a 100 meg network to a gigabyte network?  Is a 100 meg network connection really the bottleneck in a WHS network, and will one see a real performance upgrade in going to a gigabyte network?  Do people see data transfer rates above 100mbs with a gigabyte network, or is the bottleneck really elsewhere?

     

    Thanks,

    Ed, the skeptic

    Monday, April 21, 2008 2:01 AM

Answers

  • The benefits to a gigabit network setup is really only internally transferring files on the network. Now if you have three computers connected to the WHS all streaming music/videos transferring files and doing backups all around the same time, and you're trying to access your information on your server's home site on the net, gigabit would relieve a lot of bandwidth used to do all of this. It won't really effect your internet speed because the speed coming in is only 100mb/s.

    Large file transfers, multiple computers streaming, and multiple back-ups all on the internal network would definetly benefit from a gigabit network. Higher transfer speed, means less time, means less congestion.

    If you don't do all that, it may not be worth it to you, but then again it's not too expensive to go ahead and upgrade it, so....

    When I first setup a friends home server, he had a laptop, a desktop, and an xbox all pulling off the server. He already had a giga capable router and a gigabit card in his desktop, so we threw a giga LAN card in the server and it helped with network congestion enough to see a difference... was worth the $25 we spent on a new giga lan card.
    • Marked as answer by Sailwithed Monday, November 3, 2008 10:47 PM
    Monday, April 21, 2008 1:36 PM

All replies

  • The benefits to a gigabit network setup is really only internally transferring files on the network. Now if you have three computers connected to the WHS all streaming music/videos transferring files and doing backups all around the same time, and you're trying to access your information on your server's home site on the net, gigabit would relieve a lot of bandwidth used to do all of this. It won't really effect your internet speed because the speed coming in is only 100mb/s.

    Large file transfers, multiple computers streaming, and multiple back-ups all on the internal network would definetly benefit from a gigabit network. Higher transfer speed, means less time, means less congestion.

    If you don't do all that, it may not be worth it to you, but then again it's not too expensive to go ahead and upgrade it, so....

    When I first setup a friends home server, he had a laptop, a desktop, and an xbox all pulling off the server. He already had a giga capable router and a gigabit card in his desktop, so we threw a giga LAN card in the server and it helped with network congestion enough to see a difference... was worth the $25 we spent on a new giga lan card.
    • Marked as answer by Sailwithed Monday, November 3, 2008 10:47 PM
    Monday, April 21, 2008 1:36 PM
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    Actually, just by having a gigabit NIC and gigabit capable router makes a difference because you have a 1000Mbit/sec 'backbone' that can handle more traffic than a few 100Mbit/sec (or 54MBits/sec WiFi) clients can generate.

     

    In fact, I would actually prefer that type of infrastructure because it would scale well as you add clients in the home.

    Monday, April 21, 2008 4:37 PM