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just wondering what the advantage of a gigabit ethernet switch would be if your internet conection only allows a 8.5approx Mb/s download speed? even fibre isnt near Gigabit?? or is for transfering files over a network and therefore a 10Mbps would suffice for purely for an internet connection? thanks smile.gif
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The main benefit is indeed to allow faster transfer speeds on your home network, as long as the computers have a Gigabit Ethernet adapter, which most recent computers do have. There is already fiber (and also some coaxial implementations) that can provide more than 100 Mbit speeds, depending on the country you're in, so it might be of interest, although most sites don't have servers to provide you with such bandwidth, so for now the speed is more theoretical than practical.
 
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oh ok i see thanks. yeah we gettin fibre here in a few years but for now my download speed peaks at around 8.5Mbps frown.gif i do have gigabit ethernet devices (router etc) and mobo has gigbit lan port.. the 4G on my smartphone is almost 3 times faster, when i get 4g reception that is... btw im from western Australia, our government sucks therefore we are years behind most countries when it comes to such things frown.gif i just wanted to know mainly to see if i could affect my download speeds in a positve way but seems like its the cables in the ground that are rubbish... thanks thumb.gif
EDIT just sucks when it takes hours to download a movie from itunes... gotta think in advance. you cant just be like lets have dinner while we download a movie. by the time its downloaded your ready for bed... bring on the fibre!!!
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I for example have a 120mb internet connection, and since my pc is the only in my house with a Gigabit Ethernet adapter, I'm the only one that gets full use of it =P, the other pc I have and the laptops can barely get 60mb/s, also If you are using DLNA you will need one or a 100mb adapter, some movies easily get to 20mb/s, I usualy advice 100 Mb adapters has a minimum.

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