I have a home network hooked up using a 8-port Linksys DSL router. The network consists of one 2003 NT server, and 3 XP Pro workstations. All using Intel onboard LAN. All with at least 512MB RAM and 2Ghz processor. All computers report a 10/100 connection. The DLS router is the gateway and handles NAT, but the server handles DHCP.
Speed to Internet is great. Speed sharing files is not so great. Saving a text file to the server takes a couple seconds. At work I set up a very similar network and it saves in a fraction of a second.
I've installed a different 10/100 card in the server, but had the same performance. So my question is simply... Does the Linksys DSL router go slower than a typical switch? Would my LAN speed pick up if I plugged all the computers into a switch and then either used my server as a gateway using 2 NIC cards or simply bridged the switch and DSL router?