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Topic # 145429 17-May-2014 14:27
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Hello there.

So my network consists of the main modem/router (Netgear N600) which sits in the living room which is the only place it can be due to the lack of ports.

This then splits off to two separate areas  using cat 6 Ethernet. At the end of those two cables are a bunch of devices I want wired. First room is two Computers that need ether net, Second room has 5 consoles and another PC that needs Ethernet.

Previous to this week I was on Slingshots unlimited broadband plan, which had max speeds of 15 up, 2 down and so we upgraded to Vodafone yesterday which gives ups 130 down, 10 up. Reason being is we do a lot of streaming and we need the better upload speed for twitch.

But previously I was using 2 old routers (not ancient just out of use) to act as switches by simply tuning off DHCP but I noticed that when I performed a speed test on any of the PC's with my new connection the speed test went from 130mps (running straight from the router) to about 20~40 via the router.

So I read some stuff online about settings and stuff and duplex and all sorts of jazz and so this morning I went out and bought two real switches. I explained my problem to the guy at PB and asked him if it would solve my problem, he said yes and I purchased two TP-LINK TL-SF1005D'S  which are 5-port 10/100mbs switches.

Brought them home, installed and I still have the same problem, still only getting 20-30 mbs on the speed test. Granted the switches were only $15 each but should I have purchased a super duper gigabit switch thing in order to get full speed despite the switches saying they support up to 200mbs?

Is it even a real issue seeming my upload speeds are still the same across all switches and that was our main reason for upgrading? Not to mention hardly anything on the internet get actually deliver me content at 130mbs. 

Any help/guidance/advice would be much appreciated. Thank you. 

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  Reply # 1046998 17-May-2014 14:47
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Yep, get gigabit, not that many more dollars more than the 10/100's and way faster than your internet connection.




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  Reply # 1047002 17-May-2014 14:50
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So would you suggest something like this?

TP LINK TL SG1005D 5 PORT GIG-SWITCH 10/100/1000Mbps



 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1047006 17-May-2014 14:59
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M00S3: So would you suggest something like this?

TP LINK TL SG1005D 5 PORT GIG-SWITCH 10/100/1000Mbps




That should let you max out your new internet, yes. $33 from PBTech if I'm not mistaken either. Welcome to Geekzone by the way! :)

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  Reply # 1047034 17-May-2014 15:33
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Are you sure if you plug directly into the master router, using your cat6 cables, that you do indeed get 1 gigabit sync speeds across the ethernet?
It seems odd to me that you are still only getting 30mbits through a 100mbit connection - I would expect the connection between the router and switch to be capable of 90mbits. So I wonder if the cat6 cable is suffering interference from being too close to power lines.

There was once a time around 2004-2008 when 4 port routers only had hubs in them and not switching hubs.




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  Reply # 1047037 17-May-2014 15:37
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AidanS:
M00S3: So would you suggest something like this?

TP LINK TL SG1005D 5 PORT GIG-SWITCH 10/100/1000Mbps




That should let you max out your new internet, yes. $33 from PBTech if I'm not mistaken either. Welcome to Geekzone by the way! :)

-A.


I got one of these for $29 of Mighty Ape last week, they price matched the cheapest I find online. And you can pickup if your close to them.

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  Reply # 1047040 17-May-2014 15:38
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CutCutCut: 

I got one of these for $29 of Mighty Ape last week, they price matched the cheapest I find online. And you can pickup if your close to them.


That's pretty good they do that, though I'm pretty sure he's on cable (130/10 mbps) which would mean Wellington, Christchurch or Kapiti.

-A.



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  Reply # 1047051 17-May-2014 15:50
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I just sprinted down to PB before they closed at 3.30 to get that gigabiit switch and it worked first time, all the devices connected through it are getting the full 130 via speed test/

Thank you to AidanS for your answer, and thank you to everyone else who commented.

For my first time to the Forum, it's been a good experience, I think i'll stick around :)

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  Reply # 1047333 18-May-2014 08:31
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There are worse places to 'stick around'!! You will learn heaps about all sorts of things, here. Access to real experts willing to share is priceless.

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