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    Is it possible to add a gigabit switch to a 10/100 network?

    Is it possible to add a gigabit switch to my 10/100 network? I'm currently using a Linksys BEFSX41. Can I just like disable the 10/100 switch on the router and then apply a gigabit switch and get gigabit speed along with security coming from the router? Thx

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    Elite Member BaLa's Avatar
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    if you have Gigabit nics
    and Cat5e or Cat6 cables yes...

    just plug all the comps into the new switch
    and uplink it to the router...

    don't know why you would need that though..

    gigabit switches are not cheap
    and 100mbps should be plenty fast...
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    I take that back they are not that bad anymore..
    Newegg has a Linksys 5port Gigabit Switch
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    for $122 still I think it's useless for a home network...
    Last edited by BaLa; 10-19-03 at 04:20 AM.

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    Originally posted by BaLa
    if you have Gigabit nics
    and Cat5e or Cat6 cables yes...

    just plug all the comps into the new switch
    and uplink it to the router...

    don't know why you would need that though..

    gigabit switches are not cheap
    and 100mbps should be plenty fast...
    -

    I take that back they are not that bad anymore..
    Newegg has a Linksys 5port Gigabit Switch
    EG005W
    for $122 still I think it's useless for a home network...
    My house is networked with cat 6 cables. I usually transfer large files from computer to computer and I would appreciate every increase in speed that I can get. So if I plug all my computers to the gigabit switch and plug the switch to the router, the computers will also be secured right? Will I need to do any changes in the router's menu to do that? Thx

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    Elite Member BaLa's Avatar
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    as long as you do have the Gigabit NICs, otherwise it will do you no good..

    yeah, just plug all the comps into the new switch uplink new switch to router...comps will be secured as long as they are behind the router...

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    Linksys has started pushing the gigabit stuff into the hoem market recently. I beleive that's where new wired networks are headed towards.

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    Linksys have been bought by Cisco so i heard!!

    If you get a dual nic card, you can with some switches create trunks to double it. e.g two nics running at gigabit trunked makes a 2 gigabit connection.
    I experimented with this on a dell gigabit switch using a 4 trunk connection. ghost images wizz accross at 4 gigabit!!!!
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    Yes, Linksys was bought by Cisco.
    I've never done any testing with a gigabit setup. Sounds like It's somthing to look into.

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