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Built in Gigabit Switch on Router

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I currently have a WNDR3700v2: N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router, and have a question regarding the actual speed.

Ive heard that running a separate gigabit switch is best as routers will not provide the full speed although they may state gigabit.
Im looking for the fastest through put on my home network and was just a bit curious about this.

Thanks in advanced.
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Well, what speeds are you getting? Unless so, I wouldn't bother with adding another gig switch.
Smallnetbuilder doesn't list any cons related to speed.
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Hi there, just to let you know the absolute maximum data you will ever expect to pull down a 1Gbps line is about 119.2MB/s, just remember we are converting from Gigabits a second NOT Gigabytes, which are two different units of measurement. It also depends a lot on the cable quality and if you are using switches or hubs. Both are vastly different, although appear to achieve the same goal on the outside. Switches are more efficient.

I would strongly recommend that you use cat6a cable, as its designed to handle 10Gbps speeds, and as such has more immunity to noise and RF interference, resulting in a more solid speed test compared to standard bread-and-butter cat5 cables.

Your computer also needs a Gigabit Ethernet card to take advantage of this speed, and finally the hard disk needs to have a data transfer rate of at least 120MB/s otherwise it will never saturate the LAN connection, ie it may operate a lot slower, depending on HDD bottlenecks. This is more apparent on PATA drives or sata I devices.

Remember Mb/s are different to MB/s.

Source:
http://www.calculator.org/property.aspx?name=data+rate
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