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Upgrading to gigabit.

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Hey guys,

 

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.

 

Thanks

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Got home today to discover that my dog does not approve of the TP-Link... maybe I should have gone cisco.

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You know if your dog disagrees with TP-Link, it's a bad choice.

 

 

Some people i know seem to swear by it.... personally wouldn't touch it with a ten foot barge pole.

 

 

 

Interested to hear out upgrading your streaming box to gigabit helps though.... I would be VERY surprised that the two streams was enough to saturate a 100mbit port... You're talking at worst case say an uncompressed blu-ray stream sitting at about 48Mbit throughput... vs ~10Mbit for DVD(uncompressed) streams...

 

If you're talking any video file with a length of 90 or more minutes and a size of under 2GB.... You'd be looking at half that for mpeg2, less for h264 or similar high compression codec.

 

 

That said, more bandwidth is always better. It could well be another bottleneck imposed by the 100Mbit NIC, be it drivers, the chipset, or something else entirely.

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cheers caelum. i've used tp-link stuff for a few years now and never had an issue. I can't fault it for the price, always cheap and decent enough for around the house.

 

usually I just share folders off my storage and browse to the file I want to watch, that may be more bandwidth intensive than dedicated streaming software. I used ps3 media server for a lot of stuff, but it doesn't handle 720p or better well and doesn't support all media types/some subtitles etc. any suggestions on a way to improve this?

 

I am not certain its actally saturation, but what happens is that sometimes the sound begins to skip/stutter/momentarily pause during playback, if i pause it for a sec to let it "catch up" it goes back to normal.

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tp-link will be fine for a home/SOHO enviroment.

 

And as others have said you are only going to notice a minimal difference with gigabit (unless doing a large file copy) but for the cost of a gigabit switch these day you would be silly not to get one.

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I have been using TP-Link for all of my wireless pci and pci-e cards for the past couple of years - both in various home computers and ones built for others. Really really happy with them, havent had a single problem and installation has been a breeze.

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Lol Caelum people like you and me wouldn't use it but for home use its more then fine. Shit I used to have a 8 port gigbit switch until one of the ports crapped it self and started broadcast storming I wouldn't use their gear again but if it was for family or a mate I'd use it purely because of price and anything higher end not being taken advantage of.

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I have to admit... one of the guys at work suggested i build my own whitebox server with a core i5 in it...

 

 

Nuh. I'll be buying an HP DL180 thanks...

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Yeah exactly I'm the same now. I admit I have my white box here but its got a Xeon E3-1230 32gb of ECC unbuffered ram and a S1200BT so its not a piece of shit :D

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Yeah, this is an E5620, comes with 8gb, but thinking i'll upgrade to 24GB, as RAM is cheap enough(reg ecc though).

 

 

Throw Xen on it and virtualise all the things. That's what the cool kids do, right?

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Yes Sir, Xen, Vsphere or Hyper -V choose your poison.

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