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by jrowen76 / April 13, 2008 8:23 AM PDT

everything works after I plugged it all in but I want to know if it is working right... My network is modem to
router from port 1 in router to switch. There is about 50 ft of cable between router and switch. From that switch to another switch. There is another 50 ft of cable between these 2 devices. The last switch is an 8 port switch from there I have 2 game systems, tivo and computer hooked up. Again everything is working. I just want to know if these 2 switches are affecting my speed. My goal was to have ports in 2 different rooms and placement of cable has made that difficult. I never trusted the speed of Wi FI and prefer actual cat 5 cable between devices. I also have Wi working. I am running a linksys router and all linksys switches...

Thanks for reading

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(NT) Affect speed? Nope.
by Coryphaeus / April 13, 2008 9:31 AM PDT
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by jrowen76 / April 13, 2008 12:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Affect speed? Nope.

The reply makes me think there may be more... Or maybe I should just leave it alone and be happy it works...


Is there anything that should be different?

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Your cable length should not be a problem
by Steven Haninger / April 13, 2008 8:40 PM PDT

Cat5 is good to 100 meters (300+ feet). What could be a problem is traffic volume if it exceeds the ability of other hardware. Your router and switches will have buffers that store and forward data. Some terminal devices may consume more bandwidth than others but your home system should be ok. If you wanted to, you could get switching devices that were managed and you could dedicate bandwidth as needed. These aren't cheap.

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thank you
by jrowen76 / April 14, 2008 12:35 PM PDT


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