Gigabit CAT 6 and Internet routers

I use a 4-port 60-80Mbps router. It has built-in switching hub. Up to four computers can have shared 100Mbps (limited to 60-80Mbps due to the router’s bandwidth) internet through the ports directly though many more can be shared with more hubs.

I also have 4-port Gigabit hub but it doesn’t support the features the router does. Is there a router that supports Gigabit speed with great firmware support?

If you want all comps to use 1Gbit you either to have make one comp route traffic thru itself to the router or get a 5-port Gbit switch which you connect the router along with the computers to.
//Danne

If you want Gigabit transfer speed between PCs…
Why not just plug the Gigabit Switch into one of the router ports and the connect each PC to the switch with Gigabit NICs?

That’s bascally what I am doing. I was concerned any possible speed lag due to the router. Also I need to run two hubs instead of one. I also have an 8-port 100Mbps switching hub which has power adapter in the box.

Until very recently, I was using CAT 5 and CAT 5E cables only.

Speed lag heh :wink:
//Danne

jmike314’s idea will work. all of the computers plugged into the gigabit switch will have gigabit speeds to each other, regardless of the router.

That’s good to hear. I’ve used this setup for about half a year so far. I haven’t found out exactly what’s different between CAT5E and CAT6 in actual performance.

However, I still would like to see broadband routers with at least 8 GbE ports and 54/108Mbps wireless as well. I have three routers right now. One of the latest I bought is a LevelOne wireless for about US$80, 4 100Mbps ports and 54Mbps 802.11g.

Technically speaking…
Gigabit routers are almost useless to the basic consumer as no DSL or CABLE offering will make use of the extra pipe. Hence, they are very scarce (if found at all) in today’s market.

As long as you’re just looking for high speed transfer rates between PCs…stick with the Gigabit switches behind the router.

As far as the difference in network cabling:

  • Simple answer -
    CAT-5 is rated to 100Mbs
    CAT-5e is rated to 350Mbs
    CAT-6 and CAT6e is rated to 550Mbs or 1000Mbs depending on the source
    CAT-7 is supposedly rated to 700Mbs or for all tense and purposes 1000Mbs

In order to achieve 1000Mbs speeds, ethernet cables with 8 wires (4 pairs) must be used…most Cat5 cables are only using 4 wires (2 pairs). Cat5e cables are in some cases rated to 1000Mbs but the Spectral bandwidth is 100MHz, while Cat6 is 250MHz.

Truth be told…there is no “real” standardized specification for Cat6/Cat7 ethernet cables. Cat6 is spec’ed according to the 802.3ab standard but in my opinion is still “under construction” so to speak. The continued push for fast transfer rates, however, make it a viable option for networking considerations and will eventually supplant Cat5e as the more commonly used ethernet cabling option.

jms

i agree. this is less costly and will net the same performance. the only reason to need a gigabit router (as opposed to a 10/100mbit router along with a gigabit switch) is if your internet connection is actually faster than 100mbit (in which case a 10/100mbit router would become a bottleneck).

Kenshin: if you need additional gigabit ports, you can just continue plugging in additional gigabit switches into the router or existing switches.

Hm. I already said that’s what I’ve used for some time. I’ve used multiple 100Mbps internet lines for more than one year. Much faster than any of the three routers I have at home can cope with.

I found a Linksys 8-port Gigabit switching hub for about US$120. About 50%cheaper than the Bufflao 8-port hub in Seoul which costs about US$180. But it still does not have a wireless.

Simpler is better. Though I can use more than one hub for the network, it’s best have one hub for all.

That’ll change soon. There are millions of FTTH users in Japan now. There was hardly any in 2002 and 2003. It was only last year that South Korea was still ahead of Japan in building nation-wide FTTH. It’s been something of a national competition among the three countries of East Asia, with each central government commanding the whole project. The small city I live in had more than 5,000 FTTH lines in 2003. 100Mbps up/down was not difficult even in 2001 and 2002 and the main barrier to Gigabit internet was actually the much higher cost of Gigabit switching equipment. And cables. I see here a rising market of tens of millions of Gigabit hubs in South Korea and Japan alone, and there’s China poised to catch up with South Korea and Japan anytime. Broad is never broad enough. People like me actually have felt Gigabit’s too slow. At least 10Gbps internet is fast enough for today’s home computing. Internet’s something of an infrastructure like roads and dams. If properly installed, people will soon find ways to make use of them, for HD, for pornography, for learning, for communication, for e-democracy, or whatever.

I guess I’ll have to look for CAT6E and CAT7 cables in Yongsan.

I hate when people make me look at my Network + books again.
Network + Certification Acedemic Learning Series Microsoft 2nd Edition, Published by Microsoft Press, Page 37 Table 2.1 EIA/TIA Cable Categories

Category 5e= 1000Base-T (gigabit ethernet) networks.

I don’t know where you got the above table from but thats is straight from the book and also covered on the test as such.

and here some more information:
You’ll notice the cat 6 is part of the standard the same standard as 5e, cat 7 is not and is still being “developed”

Category 6 Same as Category 5 E, except that it is made to a higher standard (see comparison chart below). The Category 6 standard is now officially part of the 568A standard.

Category 7 Same as Category 6, except that it is made to a higher standard (see comparison chart below). The Category 7 standard is still in the works (as of this writing) and is not yet part of the 568A standard. One major difference with category 7’s construction (as compared with category 5, 5 E, and 6) is that all 4 pairs are individually shielded, and an overall shield enwraps all four pairs. Category 7 will use an entirely new connector (other than the familiar RJ-45).

where did I get this? from here is where