Just bought a 2 terrabyte HP home server which connects to the network via lan, 10/100/1000.
I currently have 3 machines: Work PC (gigabit), Laptop (100base) and Media Centre PC (gigabit) which are all networked wirelessly via the modem/hub (100 base, which is slow).
Question: in order for me to utilise the fast gigabit networking between my server and my work pc, can i simply plug in a crossover cable between the server and work pc, or does this have to go through A: a gigabit switch, or B; do I have to buy a new ADSL modem/router with built in gigabit switch? Not too worried about fast connection between media centre or laptop, but from work pc and server needs to be fast.
I presume if the cross over cable works, data transfer between the 2 machines will be at gigabit speeds and the internet and wirless connection between the other machines will be at 54g speeds? is this right? sorry for the dumb question, its just gigabit switches are quite expensive.
I am still not quite sure if I combine 2 networks (wireless 54g and Gigabit) that ALL the network would just run at the slowest connection throughout Ie: all machine data transfer would run at 54g speeds. (based on the theory when combining different ram, all the ram runs at the slowest speed ram). Can anybody confirm the speed that each of my machines will transfer data. cheers
Sorry, I should have made it clearer - slowest connection via the appropriate medium. Your wireless network will operate at its maximum speed, your wired connection(s) will operate at the maximum speed available to it, regardless of the wireless speed.