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Speed, speedier, and speediest...

Thanks to those nice people at Merula we're now on ADSL Max, and are getting an order of magnitude more speed than our old 512/256 DSL connection. I've also just replaced the main house switch with an unmanaged gigabit beastie from D-Link that works rather well, and gives me a few more free ports for future expansion.

So, things are currently looking a little like this:

It's rather nice being able to download a DVD image from a software company on the west coast of the US in under an hour. (Something I have had to do several times this week last, as we've been churning out lots of features and reviews about some pieces of software that came out this week...)

Next: Build a new house server with the VPro Core 2 Duo motherboard that arrives next week, and source a gigabit network card for the current server.

Anyone after an unmanaged 16-port 100 Mbit rackable switch, drop me a line, and we can negotiate. I seem to have one for sale...


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Dec. 2nd, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
Should that be "SpeedY, speedier, and speediest..." ? ;-p
Dec. 2nd, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)


from Telewest cable.

Why do you need a gigabit connection for that kind of speed? That's significantly less than 100MBit after all.
Dec. 2nd, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Internal network traffic - I back up several tens of gigs of data a night from the server to our house NAS. Then we also stream video and music from the NAS to our media devices...
Dec. 2nd, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Ooh - what media devices do you use?

I have a KISS DP-1500 DVD player/ethernet streamer which I find very useful. The only thing I wish is that it supported UPNP-AV, because then I could use a NAS to stream from it rather than needing the PC to be on.
Dec. 2nd, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I only signed up for 384/128, so they must have bumped my upload speed while I wasn't looking.

Gigabit at home is nice, especially when you're slinging large chunks of raw audio around. Or installing Debian from your local mirror... I need a bigger switch for the rack and a couple more small ones, but I'm waiting for the price to go down.
Dec. 2nd, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)

None too impressive, though local download speeds almost double late at night. These tests done late Sunday morning here.
Dec. 3rd, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
Never too sure exactly what these figures mean, and certainly never know what they should be. I am on a 1 meg NTL Cable service.

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