Originally Posted by gatorfreak
all wiring is cat5e. I have the Linksys WRT54GL router but do I consider a switch that is 10/100/1000Mbps or just get one that is 10/100Mbps. Also would it do me any good to update to a new router, like a NETGEAR WNDR3700 or would that be just a waste of money. I like the fact that I could use the usb out of it to add a share hard drive.
Note have DSL and ran speed on internet and around 949Mbps so, like middle of pack speed. Use network for sharing music, Netflix. Now I notice if trying to watch two movies off Netflix the Wii one buffers and the direct wire one on computer no problem. I realize that since one being hardwired will be faster but is possible to make both work with my connection speed? Do you have any suggestions on switch or if router upgrade with be good idea. Looked over weekend on trying to figure out 10/100/1000 advantage to 10/100 since price difference and not sure it spending more helps me a lot of just throwing money away.
Im using the same router on a 6Mbps Dsl connection at the moment but i dont use any of the router ports except the one i use to hook up my 16 port gigabit switch which is where i have all my Lan attached to running at Gigabit speed.
Also buying a router with gigabit ports will run you around $100 bucks or so for a good one, and an 8 port gigabit switch goes for about 30 to 40 bucks give or take.
Now you say you have middle of the pack DSL which im gonna assume is 3.0Mbps connection which depending how far are you from the central office you might be getting only 2.0Mbps or maybe a little bit more then your router wont bottleneck that type of connection.
Running a gigabit switch will make your lan Gigabit speed all around , making file transfers and media sharing pretty good but when you try to go into the net thats when your connection will be the limiting factor. So unless you upgrade to something better than Dsl i would say keep the router add a gigabit switch and call it a day.