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[Discuss] Future-proofing a house for networking -- what to run?

On 9/13/2017 3:23 PM, Dan Ritter wrote:
> I have a family of four, plus occasional guests. If I had every
> device that could be connected to ethernet connected to wifi, 
> I would spend all my time debugging wifi problems.

Either you exaggerate or you've been doing very very wrong things
because for example my brother has WiFi for his family plus guests and
nobody there ever spends time debugging WiFi problems. While I don't
have the numbers of users that they or you have I spend essentially zero
time debugging WiFi problems and I've been almost completely wireless
for 3, maybe 4 years now. The singular exception was when I was futzing
around with my Raspberry Pi and discovering how awful the Linux WiFi
tools are.

> So, no, you don't need jumbo packets to get 900+Mb/s
> out of your 1000Mb/s ethernet connection. That's through
> a very boring Netgear $50 switch.

Information is missing.

1000Base-T is 500Mbps each way (theoretical maximum), but it works with
Cat 5e. You cannot get 900Mbps throughput with 1000Base-T. It's
physically impossible. Real world throughput with file data is around
the 300Mbps I previously cited.

1000Base-TX is 1000Mbps each way (theoretical maximum), requires full
duplex switches (I believe but don't quote me on that), and Cat 6 or Cat
7. You can get nearly 1000Mbps throughput with 1000Base-TX if your
equipment meets all of these criteria. And the NICs involved have
enterprise class features like all of the various CPU offloading
capabilities which consumer grade equipment typically does not have.
Again, since this is "future-proofing a house" and not a corporate data
center I'm figuring a majority of the equipment in use is going to be
consumer grade and not enterprise grade.

Also, Netgear may be boring but it's the best consumer grade networking
gear on the market.

Rich P.

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