[K12OSN] wasting a Gig port? (OT)

Jim Kronebusch jim at winonacotter.org
Fri Jul 29 17:41:57 UTC 2005

> Is it a waste of a port to plug a non-server with a 100Mb 
> card into a  
> 10/100/1000 capable port on a switch?
> Situation.
> 10 port switch =
> 2 Gig ports
> 8 10/100 ports
> 1 Gig port for connection to main network
> Would a computer with a 100Mb card see any benefit in being 
> connected  
> to the Gig port over one of the 100Mb ports?

You won't see any performance gain.  The card will tell the port the
fastest it can connect is 100MB and the two will only work at 100MB
together.  However if you have 10 ports used, and the GB port is sitting
open anyway, it doesn't hurt to plug a 100MB computer into it to avoid
buying another switch.  But if you have both 100MB ports and GB ports
open, there won't be any difference between the two.

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