Originally Posted by EricM
I kind of know only the basics about networking... but I recently did more research about network cabling and discovered a lot more to networking I never knew. So to start off i have a few questions about Gigabit ethernet... The lan on my mobo supports it, but i only have a 10/100mbps router... this means that the router is only capale of transmitting 10mpbs or 100 mpbs over the ethernet cable right?? What would determine which it would use? whichever lan card u have on your pc?? Would the bandwidth speed of coming into your modem (cable,dsl, etc) effect the results of using 802.3ab (1000BASE-T) standards?
And lastly what is the main difference between cat5e and cat6... i researched it a bit and found that cat6 has higher bandwidth. Thanks in advance for any help.
Yes your router is only capable of transmitting 100 meg over the wires. The slowest device sets the speed for a link, so a 10 meg hub and a 100 meg nic, the hub would set the link to run at 10 meg.
And yes for internet communications (LAN TO WAN) the bandwidth coming into your modem (Your DSL or Cable ISP) is all what really matters.
Baiscly with your current wiring unless you do alot of PC to PC transfers on your network, your cabling is sufficent and you would see abosuletly NO difference if you upgraded it.