3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 8, 2012 10:18 AM by Tesserax
Kelly Crossley Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)

...improve network performance?

 

My home network is becoming increasingly taxed with all of the computers and Internet peripherals we have (both wireless and hard wired) and the fact that some users are streaming music and video. My current FIOS plan is 25 down and 5 up. Will increasing my Internet speed to 50/25 improve my home network performance or is there something else I should do?

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,925 points)

    My current FIOS plan is 25 down and 5 up. Will increasing my Internet speed to 50/25 improve my home network performance or is there something else I should do?

    Upping your Internet speed will do nothing to improve your home local network speed. It will only improve things like video streaming from the Internet or VoIP/Skype performance which requires higher upload speeds.

     

    There are potentially a number of things you can do to increase bandwidth performance on your local network including using wired Gigabit connections wherever possible and switching to all 802.11n capable wireless devices.

  • Kelly Crossley Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)

    Thanks for your reply. I've already upgraded all of my Ethernet cables to Category 5e and switches to gigabit.

     

    1. If a hard-wired computer or peripheral has a 10/100 Ethernet card, does that hurt overall network performance?
    2. Will two Airport Extremes help improve network wireless performance?
    3. Will switching from a 4th generation to a 5th generation AE help?
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,925 points)
    1. If a hard-wired computer or peripheral has a 10/100 Ethernet card, does that hurt overall network performance?

    No, but the communication between this type of device and the rest of the network can only be at the highest bandwidth available. That is these devices can only achieve a maximum potential bandwidth of 100 Mbps even if they are connected to a 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet network.

     

    1. Will two Airport Extremes help improve network wireless performance?

    Depends on what you mean by performance. With two or more base stations, you should be able to extend the current wireless network so wireless clients that were farther away from the existing base station would perceive "better" performance as they would have a stronger signal to work with ... but extending a network does come at a performance cost due to the bandwidth overhead required to operate this type of network. The older Wireless Distribution System (WDS) method of extending networks could use up to half of the available bandwidth. The newer 802.11n version of extending a network has a considerably less impact penalty.

     

    1. Will switching from a 4th generation to a 5th generation AE help?

    Potentially yes. Please check out this excellent SmallNetBuilder article where they compare the 4th & 5th generation Extremes to get an idea of what you can expect.