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If I get a gigabit switch and connect in a few gigabit NIC cards, if I connect a 10/100 NIC, will the whole switch then operate only at 10/100 or will it just be that connection? Is this different for hubs or routers? Thanks. :)

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it will only be that connection that will be 10/100, rest will be gig speeds

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it will only be that connection that will be 10/100, rest will be gig speeds

Correct. SD2005 and SD2008 linksys are good ones. Be careful of workgroup switches though (low end) as some don't handle 1/2 duplex mixed with full. Regular switches as above (the linksys part #'s i just said) though handle it fine.

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Can anyone tell me if Cat5 cables can reliably handle Gigabit speeds or do you require Cat6 for best performance?

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Can anyone tell me if Cat5 cables can reliably handle Gigabit speeds or do you require Cat6 for best performance?

Notes from a bit of research, not hands-on use:

Gigabit was designed to work with Cat5, but it's not entirely reliable, so Cat5e was created to take up the slack. 5e or 6 is the recommended standard for good throughput with gigabit networks, though technically Cat5 will work, just not optimally.

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Cat 6 also is to expensive... as Dannik said cat5E to be safe. Shorter disttances just cat5 will do.

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Thanks to all of you for the replies!

I have 2 systems with onboard Intel Gigabit ethernet ports, but my router has the old 10/100 switch. I've seen some Wireless-N routers with built-in Gigabit ports ... looks pretty tempting!

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Has wireless N been standardized yet? Last i knew it still wasn't. I'll have to look into it as even though it's released... one companies may be different then the other if the standard is not set yet.

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From what I've read around the 'net, looks like they are working on a 2nd draft for 802.11n, and it may not be approved til next year.

Yeah, Wirelees-G routers came out before final standardization too, and I guess the manufacturers just released firmware after that.

I actually finally upgraded to Wireless-G from B last year, and the main reason was to get WPA security as my Linksys Wireless-B did not have any further firmware updates beyond the obsolete WEP protection.

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