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Slow bandwith after ISP's router is connected to a switch

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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have a internet connection from our ISP that is on a fiber line. Speeds are good when tested directly to a PC from their router, we get a full 20mbps up and down.
When that connection is dumped into a Cisco 10/100/1000 dumb switch to allow us to split it off then we loose about 2/3 of the bandwidth. The only thing connected to that switch during testing was the PC and the ISP's router. We also tried 3 other dumb switches and new patch cables with the same or similar results.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Was the PC set to promiscuous mode by a sniffer tool so it would silently monitor its connection?  Or was it actively talking on the network?


We asked the provider to set his equipment to auto negotiate while we were initially looking at the issue, before we tested straight from their equipment, and there was no change.  He did tell us that he was seeing a lot of CRC errors, but stated that they were most likely being caused by something else we had attached to the dumb switch.  We have a spare switch that we can put in there and configure.  I'll have to set it up and make the switch after hours tonight to see if there is a change.
Les MooreSr. Systems Engineer
Top Expert 2008

I'll second kenboonejr's motion. I've seen time and again where the ISP hard-codes the speed/duplex settings on their CPE router and if you plug it into a switch that is set to auto, you guarantee yourself a duplex mismatch and extremely poor performance.
>Cisco 10/100/1000 dumb switch
It should be smart enough to allow you to set the speed/duplex manualy..
Top Expert 2014

I agree with everyone else... set the port on the switch that connects to the ISP router to 100/full and check speeds again.  This is the first thing to do 99% of the time.


We took one of our spare managed switches and set it for 100/full, and disabled auto negotiate. . .  We are not getting our full speed.  The Up is still a little slow at 11M or so, but we can live with that for now.  The 3-5M down we couldn't.  Thanks for the quick responses, we really do appreciate it.


Ha, just read my last comment.  We are NOW getting our full speed of 20M down.  Once again, thanks everyone.  I have accepted kenboonejr's response as the accepted solution.  Thanks.
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