Ive a standard ISP model / 4 port router - any point having giga switches attached ?

Ok so PC to PC file transfer will be quicker on Giga switches.
But will broadband (via cat5) be any quicker using 10/100 versus giga switches?
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
No. The internet connection only runs on it's speed which will be lower than 100MbE in most cases. It only makes sense to connect the router to a GbE switch if you have several computers / servers in your network with wired connections.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think you are talking about your home network, and then your router, which is your DHCP server, also needs to be gigabit router (in the switch portion).

I had to replace my RV042 router with an RV042G gigabit router to get maximum transfer speed through the gigabit switch.

So you really need to take a look at your whole network to make sure everything is working at gigabit speed. Of course, per the above post, that has no bearing on your internet speed.

.... Thinkpads_User

it is right . Normal broadband connectivity  512KB, 1M,2M,4M,10M .Sometimes higher than 100MB that case better to use gigabit modem and cat.6 or cat.6a cable.But sometimes we need to create isolated networks  like different range and we need to communicate between those network that cause the traffic must be higher then we can use GBE router.

Thank you.
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
Hm, sorry, from the question I just assumed we are talking about a home network. To clarify this: Thinkpads_User is of course right if you use more than one or two wired LAN connections on your network.
But you would achieve the same if you connect the router to a GbE switch and have all the computers connected to the switch.

Most embedded home devices have a build in switch but are not made to switch higher traffic and normally have a quite bad forward rate esp. if they need to route high speed internet connections at the same time. From experience I would draw a line at 30Mbit upstream WAN for cheaper home equipment - for more get better hardware or build your own embedded firewall. For x86 systems I recommend 500Mhz or more for the CPU.
I think Thinkpads_User got a better CPU and more RAM with his RV042G - this is why he has a faster internet connection in the end.... ;)

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fcekAuthor Commented:
Yes its a home setup.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Having upgraded my home office network, I get a steady 800Mbits/sec plus throughput when transfer a 50Gb file (virtual machine).

As a test, connect two machines wired to the ISP modem/router. What transfer speed do you get?  

For me to get more speed, I put in a better main router and put the ISP modem outboard of the home network. Everything inside transfers with excellent speed and I get what ever speed my ISP gives (has gone up recently).

... Thinkpads_User
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@fcek - Thanks, and I was happy to help.

.... Thinkpads_User
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