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D-Link DGS-1005d

D-Link DGS-1005d

I recently upgraded my home network by adding a Gigabit switch to the equation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_switch

To make it short: all appliances connected to the same switch can discuss together without disturbing the rest of the network. In my case I just wanted to speed up the link between Gbit machines connected on the same wires and ended up boosting the whole network, including my Internet connection. The reason is quite simple: until then all my home network traffic was going through a WRT54G router, which is a 200MHz CPU handling 1 Internet connection, 4 wires and a WiFi access point. Now that all internal wire traffic is handled by a Gbit switch, the router can concentrate on the Internet traffic only.

As a result I observed a net 20% increase in download speed from my Internet link. The Gbit switch itself is sold as a green appliance because only Ethernet ports actually in use are powered. Got my switch for about 30€, a decent price for a 20% increase in top speeds.

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Written by nicolas314

Monday 4 May 2009 at 10:24 pm

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