switch question

If I have a network configured like this:

Switch A 1GB -> Switch B 1GB->10/100MB

So I have 2 GB switches daisy chained to a Sonicwall router into the 10/100MB port.  Does the traffic between switch A and B run at 1GB potential speed?  Does the fact that the PC sometimes passes traffic out through the Sonicwall somehow modify TCP/IP window sizes which might reduce network efficiency?

Reason I ask is I have a client with this setup getting about 30Mbp/s transfer speeds going from pc to pc each with GB nics.
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rawinnlnx9Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Technically no. Gigabit to Gigabit should be true unless you are not using gigabit cable or you have throttled your network cards. Anytime you go from a gigabit to a 10/100 your time is always 10/100 so it should only affect traffic that is going from the gigabit into the 10/100. Now you'll never get true gigabit unless you are in a vacuum but it's a nice thought.
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Matt VConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Gbps speed rating is the max attainable under ideal circumstances.  This means NICs from the same manufacturer, switches that can actually handle the throughput (not all switches are created equal) and CAT5e or better cabling from end to end.

Also, make sure everything is set to AUTO/AUTO for duplex and speed as this is a requirement for proper Gbps setup.
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rfc1180Connect With a Mentor Commented:
>So I have 2 GB switches daisy chained to a Sonicwall router into the 10/100MB port
If the PCs are in separate VLANs and use the Sonicwall as the gateway between subnets then you will be limited to the bandwidth of the Sonicwall 10/100 port. If the PCs are in the same subnet, you should theoretically see close to 450-650Mbps depending on several factors which is limited to the Ethernet frames you are using on the network (1538 Bytes). Smaller frames are less efficient, therefore require more resources; unfortunately, you are limited to 1500 bytes MTU at layer 3 and increasing the size of the frame will only cause additional issues.

Billy
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GDavis193Author Commented:
Just needed confirmation.

Thanks.
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