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Hi - I've been working for a publishing company with 15-20 macs of all different configurations (7200 through to G5), and they are networked in a big mish-mash random assortment. Most of these are 10/100mbps computers.

 

They are currently using an 10/100mbps g4 emac with an external USB drive as their "Main Server". (this drive isnt backed up either!)

 

Would they get better speeds if they run their server off a G3/4/5 tower with 1000 mbps ethernet?

 

Does the hub / switch / Cables also need to be 1000 mbps?

 

Any assistance would be appreciated.

 

Al from Western Australia.

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They are currently using an 10/100mbps g4 emac with an external USB drive as their "Main Server". (this drive isnt backed up either!)

Back it up then! There's no excuse!

 

Would they get better speeds if they run their server off a G3/4/5 tower with 1000 mbps ethernet?
Depends on what you're using it for, but if it's a file server then yes, you will.

 

Does the hub / switch / Cables also need to be 1000 mbps?

Your hub and switching equipment will be replaced. As to the cables, there is a myth that gigabit will work with normal bog standard cat 5. It just plain doesn't. You'll need cat5E or cat6.

 

If you're shifting a lot of large files around though, you'll definately notice the difference.

 

A couple of things to look out for:

 

Not all switches support giggabit on all the ports. Some only have two 10 / 100 / 1000 ports whilst the rest are only 10 / 100.

 

And check the total throughput for the switch. You need to be able to send AND recieve at a gigabit, so that means the total throughput needs to be 2 gigabits multipied by the number of ports on the switch. This isn't an issue very often, but I have seen it happen.

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