Possible upgrade from 100mb to 1gb - hardware compatible?

Posted on 2009-02-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
HI. We are considering upgrading some of our network from 100mb cables to 1GB. This is because we are going to be doing construction work on floorboards etc, and I thought it a good idea to upgrade at the same time...

However, the servers I am running are HP and IBM, about 4 years old, and the user machines are Dell machines of about the same age. Will I have to upgrade the network cards in these machines or are the cables going to plug and play on these existing cards?

I would appreciate your advice. Thanks in advance.
Question by:mharcais
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    Assuming your "old" networking cards are ethernet over twisted pair copper - (standard ethernet cabling) - they will be fine - they should work fine over your new Copper Twisted Pair Ethernet cabling.  I assume you're putting in Category 6?  You'll need to replace all the intermediate cross connect systems as well - new jacks, patch panels, patch cables.

    Eventually, you'll want to upgrade your NIC's to take advantage of your new network.

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