UPDATE: Here's a Bit.ly Bundled Link of the complete "Wiring your house for Gigabit Ethernet 5 PART SERIES."
UPDATE: I'm a putz, and did my math wrong. This is a crappy result. Turns out I was using Cat5 Patch Cables on a Cat 6 network, and what I'm seeing here is a probably a maxed out Cat5 cable. I'll redo this with decent cables using all 4 pair and update soon.
When designing the new house and home office I really wanted gigabit Ethernet through the house. I run a lot of VMs, music, HD Video, and generally don't like to wait when moving things from here to there.
All my systems have gigabit cards now, including my laptops and the Macs, so it seemed a reasonable thing to do.
This afternoon I was copying Visual Studio 2008 Installation Media between two machines, one a Lenovo T60p with a beta of Vista SP1 and the other a Mac Book Pro with Vista RTM via Bootcamp and I snapped this screenshot:
Ah. Moving ~4 gigs in about ~6 minutes. Just about 1/3 maximum 5400RPM laptop hard drive speed over the wire. Not too shabby for now. Gigabit is definitely worth the trouble and you can run it happily over Cat5e if you've got the wires. You just can't compare 54Mbs Wireless with 1Gbs. I'm just not so much into the wireless, even though I do run WPA rather than WEP, I just don't trust it.
Here's the complete house/office/wiring round-up so far:
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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