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This sub-forum needs some love, so let's have a poll about wired network speeds.

 

I'm particularly curious about the fastest link between two points.  I.e. if your desktop supports 5 Gbps but your laptop only supports 1 Gbps, and those are your only two end-user devices, the fastest link would be 1 Gbps (assuming no bottlenecks at the router or elsewhere in between).

 

I'm still at 1 Gbps.  I'd like to get up to at least 2.5 Gbps, but between updating multiple adapters and the router (or adding a switch), it hasn't quite been worth it yet.  Though I do have a few Cat6 cables so that part of the upgrade is done.

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Fastest connection?  I have a 40Gbps link between my server and my brocade switch. Desktop is at 10Gbps right now but plans to up it to 40Gbps as well. Sadly most things are on my Ruckus wireless access-point and that tops out at 900Mbps to most laptops.

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My iMac Pro supports 10Gbps, and I hope to get a 10Gbps PCIe card for my server desktop. I want to get a 10Gbps switch in the future to allow for maximum speed between server and clients. 

 

unfortunately for now I have 1Gbps speed with my 16-port switch

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10 hours ago, ssj92 said:

My iMac Pro supports 10Gbps, and I hope to get a 10Gbps PCIe card for my server desktop. I want to get a 10Gbps switch in the future to allow for maximum speed between server and clients. 

 

unfortunately for now I have 1Gbps speed with my 16-port switch

 

When that time comes make a thread and I can help you find reasonable 10Gbps devices.  Don't spend hundreds on a switch...

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20 hours ago, Custom90gt said:

Fastest connection?  I have a 40Gbps link between my server and my brocade switch. Desktop is at 10Gbps right now but plans to up it to 40Gbps as well. Sadly most things are on my Ruckus wireless access-point and that tops out at 900Mbps to most laptops.

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I ran Ethernet all throughout my house a couple of years ago, so all bedrooms and common areas have at least one active Ethernet jack in the wall, connected to a pair of switches running down in the basement with my "server" and AT&T gigabit fiber hookup.  But, it's just running 1 Gbps.  I did CAT6 so I "should" be able to go faster (all of the runs are less than 100 feet), but I don't have any switches or even endpoints that support a higher speed...

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  • 4 weeks later...

Finally received fiber here in the boonies. Cost me $8000 to do a 1/7th mile underground trench for a conduit to the house. WOW. Still in shock over that cost. BUT, the Fiber people were able to fish the fiber through the conduit and another 200 yards of underground to their pole which they paid for. 1 Gbps and loving it.

 

Now the bad part. The router that they supplied is locked. I can't change any settings except the password.  That's the penalty of using their router. Maybe someone here will chime in to tell me what router to purchase later so that I can have control over it.

 

My Netgear router didn't seem to work when I asked if I could use my existing router. It is a DSL router. Maybe that is the issue.

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Well also these days what's often supplied are modem/router combo units. If you aren't able to remove the modem outright then what people tend to do is shut off the routing capability of the unit and provide their own. 

 

You will likely need to replace your router if it's from a technical bygone era then it's unlikely to jive with modern standards. Would be interesting to see if it worked as a thought experiment though. 

 

Probably best to make a new thread with its own context for your case though

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Recently purchased a Trendnet TEG-S750 to interconnect a few our our Supermicro servers.  It was  under $300 USD.  It has FIVE RJ45 10Gb BASE-T ports.

 

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I'm using between my ESXi Host 4U chassis having 2x10Gb Base-T NICs and the Supermicro Minitower which has 4x10GB Base-T NICs. 

 

I use two of the switch's 5 ports  to connect the ESXi Host's 2 NICs.

I use another two of the switch's 5 ports to connect the Supermicro Minitower.

I use the final 5th port to uplink to the router.

 

Very happy with the speeds.  For example, nightly backups of 20 VMs from the ESXi storage to the backup repository (incremental with monthly full backups onto rotated backup repository SATA SSDs) are super fast and achieve over 13Gbps  across the two pairs of 10Gb NICs to the backup repository on the Supermicro minitower.

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Dang I used to have one of those little mediasmart servers.  It was a great little machine before my plex collection got out of hand. 

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On 12/4/2022 at 8:21 AM, Custom90gt said:

Dang I used to have one of those little mediasmart servers.  It was a great little machine before my plex collection got out of hand. 

The HP Mediasmart server rocks.  Its 12+ yrs old now   It's been running 24/7/365 for 12 yrs.  I've had to replace it's PSU this year when the original finally died.  

 

We added a little dongle a long time ago to the motherboard for VGA output so we can get into it's BIOS.  It has Linux on it since 2013 and I just updated it a few months ago from Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.3 (which it had been on since 2013) to OEL 7.9.  It is acting as an additional backup repository.  The OS is on the HP's Disk 1 and the other 3 hotswap trays are 4TB HDDs for full/incremental backups of my physical machines (entire laptop partitions and the other minitower's boot device).

 

The supermicro minitower is the other backup repo for nightly VM backups and also for backing up the HP Mediasmart boot device.

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6 hours ago, ygohome said:

The HP Mediasmart server rocks.  Its 12+ yrs old now   It's been running 24/7/365 for 12 yrs.  I've had to replace it's PSU this year when the original finally died.  

 

We added a little dongle a long time ago to the motherboard for VGA output so we can get into it's BIOS.  It has Linux on it since 2013 and I just updated it a few months ago from Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.3 (which it had been on since 2013) to OEL 7.9.  It is acting as an additional backup repository.  The OS is on the HP's Disk 1 and the other 3 hotswap trays are 4TB HDDs for full/incremental backups of my physical machines (entire laptop partitions and the other minitower's boot device).

 

The supermicro minitower is the other backup repo for nightly VM backups and also for backing up the HP Mediasmart boot device.

 

yep I built the vga output dongle as well to make things easier.  It was a great little build, I regret selling it because it would be a nice little backup box. 

 

*on edit* I also forgot I upgraded the cpu to a quad core Xeon and added a whopping 4gb of ram to mine, lol.

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On 12/5/2022 at 4:37 PM, Custom90gt said:

 

yep I built the vga output dongle as well to make things easier.  It was a great little build, I regret selling it because it would be a nice little backup box. 

 

*on edit* I also forgot I upgraded the cpu to a quad core Xeon and added a whopping 4gb of ram to mine, lol.

Xeon, very cool.  We upgraded our ram but still rocking the Pentium E5200 dual core.  It's just such a great and compact machine.

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1 gigabit NIC to the HP MediaSmart server and works great

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welp, in theory i could start building a 10gig wired network now with Hyperion under my wing, but yeah...wifey wouldnt approve of long running cables through our appartment, so Wifi it is 😄 

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I am all wireless besides the connection to my workstation, for right now. I have an old acer mini server that I am going to put 4 8tb drives in some sort of raid array to hold my work / personal documents on. That will also be plugged into my router.  I am on bell's fibe network here and love the speed I get on the net both wired and wirelessly. I have 4 extender pods throughout my property now. I have one upstairs to feed my tv's and my wife's office (she works from home full time), I have one out in my son's "apartment" for when he comes to visit, I have one downstairs to feed our tv, music room and gym, and I have the forth out in my garage to provide internet out there and to feed the wired connection to my workshop 700 ft away from my house.  We ran gel filled CAT cable down to the shop to provide wireless internet down there. 

 

I have had fully wired systems here but I just find them redundant now where everything is wireless and speeds are up to snuff with me.  

 

Maybe I will revisit wired connections soon as I have it ran most everywhere in the house. 

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Nope, Just got bell 1gbps.  Where I work at bell I get a discount on the service so It's fast enough for what I need, and not breaking the bank. 

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On 12/6/2022 at 1:58 PM, ygohome said:

Xeon, very cool.  We upgraded our ram but still rocking the Pentium E5200 dual core.  It's just such a great and compact machine.

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1 gigabit NIC to the HP MediaSmart server and works great

 

Well you've inspired me to pick up another Mediasmart EX495 for $50. I threw unraid on it and three 8TB drives and a 12TB in it for a backup server. I also picked up a 4GB stick of memory from ebay for $6 and a 4 core xeon CPU for $8.  Right now copying files to the server is CPU limited much more than I expected (average write speed of around 75MB/s even without parity).  The 4GB of ram helped a little, but I need to get this Xeon installed ASAP (but first I need to build a new VGA cable and am waiting for parts).  Overall a fun trip down memory lane and kind of a cool little backup server.

 

The only bummer is that the guy who owned the server in the past was a smoker and the thing was filthy (no where was it described this way).  I spent a good 2-3 hours scrubbing the heck out of it with rubbing alcohol.

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On 1/6/2023 at 7:18 PM, Custom90gt said:

 

Well you've inspired me to pick up another Mediasmart EX495 for $50. I threw unraid on it and three 8TB drives and a 12TB in it for a backup server. I also picked up a 4GB stick of memory from ebay for $6 and a 4 core xeon CPU for $8.  Right now copying files to the server is CPU limited much more than I expected (average write speed of around 75MB/s even without parity).  The 4GB of ram helped a little, but I need to get this Xeon installed ASAP (but first I need to build a new VGA cable and am waiting for parts).  Overall a fun trip down memory lane and kind of a cool little backup server.

 

The only bummer is that the guy who owned the server in the past was a smoker and the thing was filthy (no where was it described this way).  I spent a good 2-3 hours scrubbing the heck out of it with rubbing alcohol.

That is awesome.  If you end up needing a replacement PSU I can recommend this one although they say its out of stock at the moment on amazon but you can probably find it elsewhere.

 

HPEX495 350W PSU Replacement

 

The original PSU was 150W I think.  This replacement 350W PSU matches the proprietary pin mapping on the connection to the HP motherboard.  It has extra molex and SATA power connectors too, which are nice if wanting to attach external devices, but I'll probably not use them so I tucked them in any vacant space I could find along side the PSU.  You can see the extra cable wires in the image below.

 

Enjoy your new server.  Remember the prices of these when they were new?  I think around $750+   they are great

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I had 1Gpbs for ages now and i had thoughts about upgrading, but scratched them altogether. Unnecessary and still far too pricey.

 

If my internet connection will be faster than 1Gpbs in the future, i may give it another shot.

 

P.S. My Pixel 6 Pro has actually broken the 1Gpbs barrier via Wifi, but that doesn't count without an actual receiving network device.

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