What is Gigabit Ethernet?
According to Wikipedia a Gigabit Ethernet (GbE or 1 GigE) is a term describing various technologies for transmitting Ethernet frames at a rate of a gigabit per second, as defined by the IEEE 802.3-2008 standard. Half-duplex gigabit links connected through hubs are allowed by the specification but in the marketplace full-duplex with switches is normal.
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The advantages of a Gigabit Ethernet?
Of course the main advantage is speed and that is all I care about when it comes to my Internet connection. I do not care if I have to have the chords running through the walls, all I want is a fast Internet connection.
The disadvantages of a Gigabit Ethernet?
You will have to buy extra equipment, possibly, and you will probably have cables whereas with wireless connections you do not.
What you will need to connect using a Gigabit Ethernet?
- A Gigabit Router or a Gigabyte Switch. If you already have a router that connects to the Internet, all you need is a gigabit switch. Gigabit Router, most of which include 802.11n wireless, cost between $70 and $120, but gigabit switches cost only about $25--a huge savings. See the instructions below for details on how to use a gigabit switch with your old router.
- CAT 6 Ethernet Cable needs to entirely replace older ethernet cable in your network. If you don't know which kind of cable you currently have, look at the wires--every 6 or 12 inches should be a printed label indicating whether it's CAT 5, CAT 5E, or CAT 6. Technically all you need is CAT 5E to get gigabit speeds, but future routers may be able to offer even faster speeds over CAT 6 Ethernet Cable.
- A Gigabit Network Interface Card (NIC) in every computer. Computer manufactures mostly switched to gigabit cards about 3 years ago, so you may already have the hardware you need. To check, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, select Properties, and find your network card--if it says 10/100 it's a typical ethernet card; if it says 10/100/1000, it's a gigabit ethernet card.If you don't have a Gigabit Network Card, you can buy one for about $15 in either PCI or PCI express versions.