Cannot get gigabit speed
Posted on 2009-02-18
I'm in the process of upgrading my home LAN to gigabit speed but so far I'm having no luck whatsoever going beyond 100.
I just bought two Netgear switches--a GS105 for my home office and a JF516 for the basement. Any device with a gigabit NIC plugged directly into the either switch results in a gigabit connection, according to the idiot lights, but if I connect the two switches together over about 75' of Cat 5e, the ports on each switch connected to that link shows only a 100MB link. I've tried it on two different runs of 5e going between the basement switch and office, too, with the same negative result.
Is there some trick I'm missing? I'm using 5e for the long runs (in the walls) and cat 6 patch cables. If there was crosstalk in the longer runs, would that be an issue? I don't mind somewhat degraded performance (if it ran at 400 or 500 mbps I wouldn't complain), but I can't even show a GB link signal.