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In case you're wondering, 'cause I was. . .

by Coryphaeus / August 19, 2007 12:33 AM PDT

Is there really any speed difference between a standard 100 Mb/s LAN and a Gigabit LAN? Since I am fortunate enough to have just installed a Linksys WRT350N Gb router, I tested it. Connected to the router are an IBM ThinkCentre with Gb on board NIC, a home built with a PCI Gb NIC, and an IBM R-40 laptop with a 10/100 on board NIC.

Single file transferred - 690 MB movie.

Speed over the 100 Mb - 1 minute 45 seconds
Speed over the Gb - 50 seconds (this should have been under one second)

Yep, it's faster, but neither approach their advertised speeds. Naturally.

Machines specs:

Thinkcentre - 3 GHz P-4 HT, Seagate 7200 RPM 80 Gig HD perpendicular recording, 1 Gig RAM.

Home built - 2 GHZ AMD, Maxtor 7200 RPM 60 Gig HD, 1 Gig RAM.

IBM R-40 laptop - 2.2 GHz P-3 moble, 40 Gig HD, 1 Gig RAM.

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I do that test but on the copy I ....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 19, 2007 4:49 AM PDT

I also use FTP to test the speed since windows file sharing is somewhat sluggish.


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(NT) Never tried that, how do you do it?
by Coryphaeus / August 19, 2007 6:37 AM PDT
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Look up Filezilla.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 19, 2007 6:42 AM PDT

Usually a snap to install and use. Then you get an idea of the potential speed.


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How do you like your WRT350N?
by y0Lorenzo / August 20, 2007 6:08 AM PDT

I was sold on purchasing it because of the Storage Link and uPnP mediaserver features.

I ended up choosing the D-Link DIR-655. I upgraded from a Linksys WRT54G. I trusted cNets review which said it had the fastest throughput of all the major hitters. All of the wireless adapters in our house are G, but I plan on migrating to N slowly. The D-Link has improved the range and stability of connections. For internet, G is great, for data transfers I generally plug in with 10/100s but I've been able to burn a few DVDs with a wireless connection in the laptop pulling the files from a plugged in desktop.

I installed a Gb PCI adapter in my HP with the idea that simultaneous network tasks would run much smoother.

One improvement from the WRT54G is that, I can stream video with WMP11 wirelessly now to a D-Link DSM-510. Before, the DSM (on the other side of the house) would choke if "connected" to the network wirelessly.

I now use run DD-WRT on Linksys WRT54Gv7 and use it as a wireless "client bridge."

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