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Old 07-19-2004, 04:11 PM   #1
Lola Kews
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New Network, equipment approval.

Hello guys, I hope all are well. I am setting up my new DSL network and would like to know if there is any problems with the equipment I have chosen for the wired portion of the network.
This is going to be a "Wired GBE network".
1. CAT 6 wiring.
2. D-Link 8 port Gbps Switch, DGS-1008D.
3. D-Link DI-604 4 port 10/100 wired router between the DSL modem and switch, this serves to give an IP address to the Gigabit network.
4. I am unsure of the modem (DSL) to use. The connection will be through "Verizon". I have emailed them for a recommendation by Brand name or what chip set would be most compatible with there equipment, but am having a hard time getting an answer!
5. The "OS" will be SUSE 9.1

I would appreciate any recommendations relative to the equipment I have selected, if you have suggestions about other brands or whatever I would really appreciate your input.
I have "No" practical experience, but am putting together this system from an article in CPU magazine.
Old 07-20-2004, 03:10 PM   #2
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If this is an inpropper question for some reason , please tell me.
Old 10-02-2004, 05:58 PM   #3
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You can save money and use Cat5e cabling instead, Gigabit Ethernet will still work. Another thing to watch for is support of "Jumbo Packet" or "Jumbo Frame" support on both the switch and the network cards you buy. GigE supports an MTU larger than the 1500 of 10/100, I think the size is around 9000. What this means is more data per packet and therefore less overhead when transmitting data. This will lower the processor utilization during transfers, also. I cannot speak to point 2,3, or 4, but this post should help you with 1), and perhaps change your choice of hardware for 2).
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You need to be careful buying CAT6 because many manufactures do not go by CAT6 standards. You should not ask your DSL provider what chipset because I'm sure they are saying uh. The right question to say is what DSL modems are compatible with your service. Using 1 Gb ethernet will not help much if you do not copy or move huge files over the network and you do not have RAID 0 setup on all the computers. 100 Mb ethernet is well over enough for games. I'm not going to say anything about the switch and the router because they work the same as other consumer network devices. Just update the router if there is any updates for it. The 32-bit PCI bus going at 33 MHz will not be sufficient data throughput to handle 1 Gb network. Using 32-bit PCI bus going at 66 MHz, 64-bit PCI bus going at 33 MHz, or INTEL's CSA from 865 or 875 chipsets will give you sufficient throughput for 1 Gb network.


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