So Newegg’s been having networking gear on sale recently and I picked up:
There were a couple reasons why I decided to pick these up.
First of all, they were on sale. The NETGEAR Gigabit Switch featured jumbo frames and I wanted to see if I could get better speeds with my gigabit setup. Apparently not much. I was able to hit over 25% network utilization with the new switch, which leads me once again to believe it’s my RAID5 configuration causing the slowdown. I do however now have 7 gigabit ports instead of just 4 (1’s taken by the cross over connection to the router).
The reason I picked up a cable modem was I’ve been getting pretty crappy speeds with Comcast. I have a 8Mbps service which I pay $35/mo, but I usually get ~4Mbps. At first I thought it was my location, but after moving to my new house, it was still the same speed. I decided to get a new cable modem for 2 reasons: to see if it’s really the modem’s fault for the slow speed and to not pay the monthly modem lease fee of $3.95/month or something like that. Even if the speeds didn’t get any better, the modem would’ve paid for itself in 9 months.
Anyway, after calling customer support and switching my account over to the new modem’s MAC address, I did a speed test at Broadband Reports. Guess what! Instead of reporting 4xxx kbps down and 4xx kbps up, I’m got 7548 kbps down and 693 kbps up. So my modem was the culprit! I’m going to return this piece of crap RCA modem that Comcast gave me back to them later this week.