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Difference in Ethernet ports?

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October 13, 2012 6:01:22 PM

There are 10/100/1000 and gigabyte ethernet ports. Are there any differences between brands? Like if two different mobos came with 10/100 ethernet ports, would one perform faster? Would one of them allow for faster connections, or are they all the same? I ask because I get 65Mbps internet speed however, when downloading or streaming it averages at about 6Mbps. I was wondering if I built this badass rig to be bottle-necked by ethernet technology.
October 13, 2012 6:06:19 PM

100/1000 (MB) ethernet ports allow faster connections even though there are hardly any people if non with a network connection over 100Mb/s.

EDIT: By faster i mean higher data transfer rates (upload and download speeds).
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October 13, 2012 6:37:01 PM

Maybe the question wasn't clear. Let's say two different motherboards have gigabyte ethernet ports. Will one have better transfer rates than the other? Or is it the same technology?
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October 13, 2012 6:39:16 PM

Intel
Broadcom
Realtek
Atheros
Via

Best performance in that order.
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October 13, 2012 7:03:32 PM

I was calling the network card an ethernet port. Wrong name, but the question still applies.
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October 13, 2012 7:37:46 PM

you will get better performance from something with 10/100/1000 .. but theres a catch you get higher bandwidth but the modem and the router have to support that speed say you set your computer to 10/100/1000 but you only have a 10/100 router your still going to be limited to the max data through put on 10/100 t you should have a possible rate of 12.6 MB sec with the 1000 you should have a rate of 128 MB sec max so thats the difference..
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October 13, 2012 7:41:03 PM

They're not brands, they are specifications. Gigabit is another word for 1000. 10/100 means that it can connect at 10 or 100 Mbit/s and so on.

Re your Internet speed, are you sure you don't mean your download speeds aren't 6 MBps? Note the upper case B indicates bytes, which is 8 times bits. I have 50Mbit/s Internet and my download speeds are typically 6MB(ytes) ps. Slower servers mean slower downloads of course, so you can be bottlenecked at the other end.

A 10 Mbps Ethernet connection certainly will bottleneck your Internet, as will most wifi connections, but 100 won't.

If Internet speed is your only concern then 100 is enough. If you have a home network, I would recommend 1000.
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October 29, 2012 6:41:16 PM

http://www.speedtest.net/result/2272925933.png . I have given thought to bottlenecking occuring on server end. But it seems the same with every website. Seems like the only one that works is speedtest.net. I mean it is still pretty fast. I just think it has the potential to be faster. Also, I do have it networked. It supplies my PC, 2 PS3's, and phones.
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