Do I Need to Upgrade to Gigabit Equipment?
by tonyny77 - 9/28/07 2:11 PM
I have a simple home network: two Windows PCs (one is XP and the other is Vista) connected to a 10/100 Mbps router which connects to my DSL modem. But I'm planning to get a Windows Home Server unit and I see that the one by Hewlett-Packard will come with a 10/100/1000 Mbps network interface.
Because of this, I get the impression that my backups to the server might run all night (or longer, possibly) unless I upgrade my existing equipment to handle the 1000 Mbps speed that the server will be capable of.
So the questions are:
1 - Would you upgrade the NICs on the PCs?
2 - If I upgrade the NICs on the PCs, should I get a 1000 Mbps router, OR
3 - Keep my current 10/100 Mbps router, but maybe use a 1000 Mbps hub to connect all the network components and then connect the hub to the 10/100 Mbps router?
I realize my Internet connection will not be increased at all. I don't know enough about wired networking to be sure, but I fear that using a hub to connect the two PCs and the Windows Home Server might actually slow me down if there are many "collisions."
Your expert networking advice is appreciated. Thanks.