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# 106257 20-Jul-2012 12:44
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I notice that a lot of modem/routers give one of two lots of numbers.
I presume the one that has 1000 added to it is faster, but can you guys explain what is needed to take advantage of a higher speed, how much speed is achieved, do you pay more, is the motherboard LAN stuff important and is it worth it for a retired gamer?

Please from Cespenar.

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  # 659028 20-Jul-2012 12:54
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Hi Michael, is this a ADSL or fibre service this modem/router connects to. And what do you normally use your computers for, ie browsing, emailing, office activities and a bit of gaming, or do you do some exotic cad type activities that has you sharing files to lots of other computers within your home.

A 1000Mb/s (GigE) connection is 10x faster than a 100Mb/s connection that most users currently use. Unless you are moving very large files between computers on your local network there is unlikely to be any advantage in using a GigE capable router.

Dont forget that if you got a router with GigE ports those speeds would only be possible on computers within your network, all traffic to and from the internet are limited to the speed of your broadband connection, which at a maximum would be around 20Mb/s if DSL and 100Mb/s if fibre, or less

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  # 659042 20-Jul-2012 13:08
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Short answer: no.

Slightly longer answer: it's the speed your wired computer(s) or devices connect to the router. If you only have one wired computer, or you rarely move large files between machines or devices it won't help. If you're streaming video to a media box it won't help, but if you're copying the file it might.

Longer answer: see above.

 
 
 
 




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  # 659131 20-Jul-2012 14:39
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Thanks for clearing that up.
I game single player.
I browse the web, download Steam games (rarely) do the email thing, and go foruming (Not often unless I have a problem) so I dont need or want faster than I have.


I have another problem, but I'll open a new thread.

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  # 659133 20-Jul-2012 14:46
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Hi mike , before opening a new thread, whats the guts of the issue

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  # 659135 20-Jul-2012 14:47
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Having gige (1000mbit) on a ADSL/VDSL connection won't help, since DSL is limited to 20-50mbit or so. Even on UFB it won't make any difference. It's only if you're transferring lots of data between machines on your LAN will it matter.



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  # 659144 20-Jul-2012 14:52
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Uh Oh.
Sorry Cyril,
Already did the post.

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  # 659392 21-Jul-2012 01:41
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Having a gigabit switch in your modem/router only benefits LAN to LAN traffic ie: copying files between devices within your network.

 
 
 
 


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  # 659784 22-Jul-2012 09:20
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I have to disagree with most of the posters. I'd say "go gigabit".

Regardless of the listed speed, you're only going to get 60-80% of the rated value out of the wire. The only exception to this are external internet connections which will give you the full line rate (TCL says 15mbps, you can get 15mbps).

There are several questions you should work through.

1) Do you have access to the UFB, TelstraClear? Do you plan on upgrading? Go gigabit. You won't be able to get the full use of the connection if the internal network is only 100mbps.
2) Do you have a NAS (network attached storage), Time Capsule, or other network backup device? Go gigabit. You can get ~400mbps out of a hard drive, the network makes a huge difference.
3) Is there more than one person in the house? Multiple people hitting the NAS (or any shared device) will quickly overload that link. Go gigabit.
4) It's an extra $20 on a 5 port switch, do you care about $20? It's only $100 on a 16 port switch. Go gigabit.

Essentially, there's no reason to not go gigabit, and gigabit switches are the same price that 100mbps switches were 3 years ago.






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  # 661331 24-Jul-2012 21:33
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Don't have much of that stuff. TPG in Dubbo is 512. Telstra in the middle of NSW probably uses rusty fencing wire. Just kidding.
Anyway, I'm getting another G604t Gen2.
Bloke in Brisbane had an unopened one.
This old one has run for 6 years so I'm game to give another one a go.

Thanks for all your replies. Some good info in there.

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  # 661369 24-Jul-2012 23:16
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Suggest you buy a new model from the same brand.



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  # 661370 24-Jul-2012 23:24
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timmmay: Suggest you buy a new model from the same brand.


Only if this one gives me trouble.
I don't need anything that a G604T gen 2 doesn't have.

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