7 November, 2008
why do you need gigabit ethernet
Back in April, I bought one Cat 6 Ethernet cable (category 6) that connects my iMac (24-inch, late 2006 model) to my wireless and gigabit Ethernet routher - Time Capsule (1TB model). Man, accessing files on a remote hdd/computer with gigabit (1Gbit/s or 1000Mbit/s) was so fast!
Last Saturday, I was in Jassica's house helping her configuring her Mac (the Power Mac G4 she bought from me in early 2007), setting up wireless network (two AirPort Express base stations for internet and iTunes music streaming) and transferring her music back from a Toshiba Satellite L30 laptop.
Jessica has a rather huge section of her music library (all either CDs she owned or purchased from iTunes Store) on Nerida's laptop. Those music needs to be consolidated back to her Power Mac G4. We did not have a USB 2 Flash drive, and was too lazy to burn them into DVDs. I used the old fashioned solution, connecting the Toshiba laptop to an ADSL2 router/modem. (Her Power Mac G4 is connected to the same router/modem.)
The result: transferring 8GB of music from a laptop to a Mac via 100Mbps speed takes hours! The time could be shortened to few minutes if gigabit ethernet port was available on Toshiba laptop. The Power Mac G4 has gigabit port built-in.
In wireless networking, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) means you have two or more base stations, and each base stations connects to each other wirelessly. This setup is easy, but you don't get the best wireless speed due to WDS itself needs to communicate between each base station. To get the best possible network speed possible, you will need to get wired and preferably gigabit ethernet. And if you also want to have a full wireless coverage in your house, you will need more than one wireless base station, and connects each base station with ethernet cable. Then you create a roaming network.
With roaming network, when you carry your MacBook Pro or iPod touch or iPhone or even a PSP from one room to another room, you will stay on the same wireless network without interrupting (assuming two wireless base stations cover the entire path). The wireless connection will automatically switch from the first base station to the next base station as you walk closer to the second one.
Just some additional information to Don, Jessica is not an extremist, she does not demand music ripped at highest bitrate or lossless format. The AAC format works very well for her.
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