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anyone have any experience with gigabit switches?

im thinking of getting one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127083

to make a small network of my PC's.

to answer a few of your questions:
1) yes my pc's have gigabit ports
2) Yes i have cat 6 cable
3) no my ISP is probably not this fast, but this is to transfer files between computers
4) yes i have a D-Link non gigabit router
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I just bought a gigabit switch and am loving it. Make sure to enable jumbo frames on all computers using it. It made my transfer speed increase an extra 20 MBps! Writing a single file from my main to my server I can get 105 MBps. I believe the max through gigabit is 125 MBps (1000/8 = 125)
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Your router will slow things down as far as gigabit goes. Are you transferring large files all of the time? That price isn't too bad and you have all the necessary hardware except the router.

Anymore, if it's affordable, I would suggest gigabit. It's where networking is heading to faster ISP's and the need to pass more bandwidth.
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I just bought a gigabit switch and am loving it. Make sure to enable jumbo frames on all computers using it. It made my transfer speed increase an extra 20 Mbps! Writing a single file from my main to my server I can get 105 Mbps. I believe the max through gigabit is 125 Mbps (1000/8 = 125)
Shouldn't it be 1000Mbps = 125MB/s?

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Your router will slow things down as far as gigabit goes. Are you transferring large files all of the time? That price isn't too bad and you have all the necessary hardware except the router.

Anymore, if it's affordable, I would suggest gigabit. It's where networking is heading to faster ISP's and the need to pass more bandwidth.
That is a gigabit switch. His router would be connected to the switch so local traffic would be through the switch and external traffic would go through switch and then router.
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You caught my mistake before I could edit it

Oh and rocketman it will only slow transfers down if the data passes through it. My server and main rig are on the same switch, so I get gigabit speeds. When sending data it doesn't have to pass over my regular router.
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well, i got a stupid question.

to uplink the switch and the router it would be through one port on each device.

so what is the difference if you connect the device with more than one port. lets say two cables connecting the router to the switch?
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well, i got a stupid question.

to uplink the switch and the router it would be through one port on each device.

so what is the difference if you connect the device with more than one port. lets say two cables connecting the router to the switch?
Very bad things

Basically the router would be trying to send a computer a packet, but there are two ways to send it, so it would have to send them both creating an unnecessary step. You might even run the risk of creating a packet storm where theres an endless loop of packets being sent everywhere because they cannot find a place to go because they technically had already reached there.

Its possible to bond two ports on a computer together to get the desired effect (a 2Gbps connection instead of just 1), but I have yet to figure out a way to do this on windows, only read some tuts for linux.

There might be a way to do a dual connection with a managed switch but theres no chance with the unmanaged one you posted.
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Your router will slow things down as far as gigabit goes. Are you transferring large files all of the time? That price isn't too bad and you have all the necessary hardware except the router.
Ummm nope, that is not correct if you configure your network properly with the switch.

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That is a gigabit switch. His router would be connected to the switch so local traffic would be through the switch and external traffic would go through switch and then router.
I agree with Duckie...

When you use a switch, the internal network communicates through the switch not through the built in switch on the non gigabit router. The router just provides your connectivity to the outside internet and plugs into the switch as well.

The switch then becomes the "hub" of your internal network communications. No data transfer slowdowns there... just pure file speed transmission between computers.
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well, i got a stupid question.

to uplink the switch and the router it would be through one port on each device.

so what is the difference if you connect the device with more than one port. lets say two cables connecting the router to the switch?
To configure this network, do the following...

Connect the internet port on the router to your modem and use one of the outbound ethernet ports to one of the ports on your switch.

Then you connect the other ports on your switch to your other computers in your network. You only need one connection from your router to your switch as the router will be able to see every computer connected through the switch. After that everything else should work normally.

Good luck with your home network!
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thanks! i know how to connect it up, i was just wondering what happened if i connected two link between the router and the switch.
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