10/100t base versus 10/100/1000t base

  JoeA 01:47 AM 12 Apr 13

I have a download speed of up to 20Mb and assume that a 10/100/1000 modem will not be any faster than the 10/100 one. The reason for this is that the 10/100 modem is 5 times faster than the download (theoretical) speed of 20Mb. Am I correct in this assumption? Any input gratefully received. My decision to switch from Virgin to Sky maybe influenced by your input. Thank you.

  mgmcc 07:28 AM 12 Apr 13

It is the Router's Network Switch (i.e. its four LAN ports) which is either 100Mbps or 1000Mbps (1Gbps). With a 20Mbps internet connection, the higher port speed won't make any difference to your internet performance.

Where it will make a difference is if you transfer large amounts of data, or large files, between computers in your local network. However, all computers/devices connected by ethernet cable in the network also need to have network adapters that support Gigabit.

  JoeA 15:07 PM 12 Apr 13

Thanks mgmcc, I should have realised that the LAN ports were only between the modem / router and other machines. Best regards.JoeA


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