I've decided recently I finally want to upgrade my gear to gigabit, now that most of the stuff in the house can take advantage. At my place we do a lot of steaming off my PC and if more than 2 people are doing it, begins to lag a bit, but that's understandable given its only running on 100mbit.
I have a belkin modem connected to the WAN port on my router, a TL-WR941ND which does fine for wireless throughout the house, and manages my internet connection which is solid as a rock. Its an awesome router for the $40 that I paid for it. I also have a few ethernet cables leading from the router, to misc switches throughout the house, study, bedroom, living room etc. all only 100 megabit speed. Its not the best setup but it keeps cables to a minimum and the house is tidy.
I use the DHCP on the router to reserve IPs based on MAC and the wireless needs to be this strong as we have about 5 laptops here.
I want to upgrade the backbone to gigabit, so at least my PCs are quicker and there is more bandwidth available when multiple devices are connected. Any suggestions on the best way to do this.. I was thinking gigabit switch connected to the existing router, or just replacing the router with something better, or replacing everything..
Additionally, I would like to find a way to ensure that one device is not capable of hogging all the bandwidth, as if my house mate starts doing shit, sometimes cripples my connection (can't even open a website) so ideally the new router would be capable of this.
I am open to your suggestions as I haven't looked at this stuff for ages.
Edited by p0is0n, 12 April 2012 - 02:40 PM.