Saturday, January 30, 2016

Gigabit Ethernet Router

It won't help my ISP's performance, but file copies and printing would improve, I think, but my ThinkPad has a gigabit Ethernet port, and 100T Ethernet apparently will usually carry gigabit speeds.  There are gigabit USB 3.0 adapters for my wife's Toshiba.  My printers might be the bottleneck.  Yup.  The 1536dnf is 1/10/100 Ethernet.  The C6280 doesn't say what speed of Ethernet, but the USB is 2.0, so I doubt the Ethernet is better than 100 Mbps.

Latest versions of 1536dnf are gigabit. The Ethernet interfaces used to pop right out, but no more, so I doubt it's a heap or easy upgrade.

This might be a reason for gigabit Ethernet: networked backup drives.   Of course gigabit Ethernet might not be the bottleneck; USB 3.0 is 5Gb, but most USB 3.0  devices have trouble getting that fast.  Anyone with experience using gigabit external drives.  Does it feel like an internal drive?  Can Windows map it like a conventional drive?


  1. If you want to buy a wireless router, the *only* place to check is They test and review all of the major routers. They are the "Consumer Reports" of SOHO routers (but trustworthy).

    Note that CES is coming up in the next month or so. We typically see the wireless vendors release new product in this timeframe so there *might* be some improvements.

    That said, I just bought a Asus RT-AC68U dual-band gigabit router and it's great. Best router I've owned (yet).

  2. Cat5e specifically supports gigabit. (Not sure if Cat5 itself can, but some manufacturers may have exceeded the spec.)

    Transferring single large files should get good speed. It's the problem of transferring a bunch of little files. There's overhead for each one (depends on protocol, but FTP definitely slows down).