How do I enable 1000mbps (Gigabit) networking on my motherboard?

I have a Asus M4A785G-M Evo Motherboard. It has Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) but anywhere I check within windows, it says my connection is max 100mbps. I am pretty sure 100mbps won't be that different from 1000mbps, but I really want to use my full potential. I use CAT 5e cables although I do plan on upgrading to CAT6, CAT6a, or CAT7 in the future.

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  1. CAT 5e can handle upto 1000mbs, but you its usless for home users using internet,,

    u must also have gigabyte Ethernet switch or router with gigabyte internet connection to experience the difference
    until now internet available in MBs, google & some of telecoms in Korea planing for 1 GBbs ...
    its useful only in highly available data processing places , like datacenters & web servers ..
  2. It is running directly into my Verizon FiOS router in my basement. Not sure sure if the Ethernet switch is Gigabit, but I was hoping.

    Thanks for the answer.
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