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So after investigating and noticing NCIX had a sale on TrendNet GigE switches ($29.99 for an 8 port) and armed with a $100 Future Shop gift card, I got these (this and all images are clickable thumbnails):

TrendNET S80g and D-Link DIR-825

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The TrendNet switch looks like this:

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And the Dlink has this stuff inside:

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So questions.

1. How much fiddling with my GigE NIC settings should I expect to have to do in order to optimize throughput (e.g. Jumbo Frame size etc)?

2. This D-link is recommending I "run the wizard first". Do I seriously need to do this? I've always liked being able to just access the router and configure it by hand without needing some silly baby-steps utility. That said, if it's necessary to configure the router - well, I'll just have to do that.
2a. Are there any known issues with the 825 I should be aware of that are patched in a new firmware? I will probably install the latest one on general principle, but it'd be good to know how urgent the matter is.

3. How should I best configure my D-Link for a mixed G/N network? I ask because my laptop supports n. as does my roomie's latest, but I'm not sure roomie's other laptop or a guest's laptop will necessarily support it.

Thanks in advance, all! smile.gif I look forward to migrating from 10/100 to GigE. The next step will be getting Shaw to upgrade my cable modem so that the entire network here can truly take advantage of the higher speeds. smile.gif
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1. How much fiddling with my GigE NIC settings should I expect to have to do in order to optimize throughput (e.g. Jumbo Frame size etc)?
I run gigabit at default settings and I usually get bottle necked by my devices capability before anything.
2. This D-link is recommending I "run the wizard first". Do I seriously need to do this? I've always liked being able to just access the router and configure it by hand without needing some silly baby-steps utility. That said, if it's necessary to configure the router - well, I'll just have to do that.
As-long as you can configure your own security you'll be fine.
2a. Are there any known issues with the 825 I should be aware of that are patched in a new firmware? I will probably install the latest one on general principle, but it'd be good to know how urgent the matter is.
It's good to have but check the D-Link forums as as older might be more stable then newer firmware.
3. How should I best configure my D-Link for a mixed G/N network? I ask because my laptop supports n. as does my roomie's latest, but I'm not sure roomie's other laptop or a guest's laptop will necessarily support it.
Thanks in advance, all! smile.gif I look forward to migrating from 10/100 to GigE. The next step will be getting Shaw to upgrade my cable modem so that the entire network here can truly take advantage of the higher speeds. smile.gif

If you have a older Router i'd say to run that as your G access point, but aslong as you have WPA2-PSK under AES encryption, and have the dual channel (MIMO) then you should be able to get the nice speeds .
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1) None
2) Web interface is fine.
2a) Would probably just do the latest one anyway
3) Leave it on mixed.
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1) None
2) Web interface is fine.
2a) Would probably just do the latest one anyway
3) Leave it on mixed.

K smile.gif

My cable modem is still 10/100 - I found that enabling Jumbo Frames screwed up being able to access some websites using my Win7 sig rig (and the XP Atheros driver on my P5Q doesn't seem to handle it well at all), so I'm assuming that a mixed 100/1000 network needs a frame size compatible with 100 megabit. That should change when I get a cable modem that can do GigE.
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I never noticed a difference between 100mbps and gigabit but try your best to only use cat6 cables, cat 5e can be a little sketchy at those speeds and cat6 hardly costs more. The biggest thing for me was upgrading my modem. I got a Motorola SB6120 and it is fantastic. It is one of very few modems that has gigabit and it has Docsis 3.0 so my speeds don't fluctuate. Anyway, enjoy your new network and the 825 is a solid router.
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