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Router for Cat6a Ethernt cable and Gigabit 1000mbps PC Network Card

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November 9, 2013 6:15:56 AM

I have a Cat6a ethernet cable and TP-LINK Gigabit PCI Network card on Windows-7 64 bit OS Asus M2N32 SLI wireless edition Motherboard.
My router is a old 10/100 Linksys 54mbps.
Do I need 10/100/1000 upgrade router? If so, what do you recommend?

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November 9, 2013 6:55:00 AM

If you want the network to operate internally at gigabit speed, then yes you would need a compatible router. If you are not transferring files over your network, and your Internet speed is not over 100Mbps you can use what you have.

If you do decide to upgrade, take a look at the ASUS RT-N56U.
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November 9, 2013 7:10:22 AM

Thank you very much, RealBeast. So, I cannot improve the internet speed, I understand. With above mentioned setup (WIRED instead of wireless 802.11 g, and gigabit network card), do I improve INTERNET SPEED somewhat?
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November 9, 2013 7:23:44 AM

You could get a small improvement in wired speed do to the newer processors in the latest routers but it would not be noticeable, only a very small percentage in a benchmark.

The real improvement would be apparent if you attached a second wired machine and transferred files between the two computers on the wired network.

My opinion would be to stay with your current router. You have future proofed your machine for when you need to add a second computer or faster N or AC wireless.
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