A 10BaseT connection will slow all traffic to 10Mb? Doesn't seem right to me.

blueroom

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According to Lacie
http://www.lacie.com/support/support_manifest.htm?id=10351&article=1387

Any computer network will only function as fast as the slowest device connected to it. This is to ensure that all devices are capable of speaking to one another. If you have a single device at a 10BaseT connection (roughly 10 Megabytes per second) then all of the traffic on your network will go at that speed even if the rest are 100BaseT or gigabit. Our devices include a gigabit connection, even thought they are not capable of 1000mb/s so not to slow networks that are gigabit only.
I was under the impression this was true for WiFi but a network switch (not hub) wouldn't be hampered by a 10BaseT or 100BaseT connection unless that device is actually transferring data.

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I was under the impression this was true for WiFi but a network switch (not hub) wouldn't be hampered by a 10BaseT or 100BaseT connection unless that device is actually transferring data.

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If you have a switch (and not a mislabeled hub) you are correct. Also a 10BaseT device on a switch won't slow down the network for other devices as the switch buffers the data to and from the 10BaseT device.

The real question is which WiFi bases have ethernet hubs and which have ethernet switches in them.
 

blueroom

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If you have a switch (and not a mislabeled hub) you are correct. Also a 10BaseT device on a switch won't slow down the network for other devices as the switch buffers the data to and from the 10BaseT device.

The real question is which WiFi bases have ethernet hubs and which have ethernet switches in them.
That's what I thought, seems strange Lacie would say otherwise. Perhaps it's their marketing department.

I'm using an 802.11ac AirPort Extreme and it does have a GigE switch. But I also have HDHomeRuns (10/100) Xbox 360 (10/100). Yesterday I gave the HDHomeRuns on their own network card in the WMC PVR.
 

dyn

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It's a statement from the prehistoric past (it was valid in 1998 when everybody used hubs instead of switches like we do now). There is some relevance to modern days though. It could be a wise thing to put gigabit ethernet on the devices instead of 100Mbit even though the device can not max out gigabit ethernet. If the device can only do 500Mbit than using gigabit means it will be faster than 100 Mbit. Also, wifi still works like a hub (but this disk won't affect that because you use a wire to connect to the network).

I think they wanted to make the story as complete as they could but they simply failed in wording it. The story as it is now is useless and even incorrect information (due it being to out of date) than useful correct information.
 
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