Your Router and Network Questions Answered

Tech Talker answers reader and listener questions about last week's episode: Switches, Hubs, Bridges, and Routers Explained.

Eric Escobar
4-minute read
Episode #102

After last week's episode went live, I received a bunch of questions from Tech Talker podcast listeners and readers.

So today, I'm going to tackle some of the most frequently asked questions about routers, switches, hubs, and bridges.>

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Question #1

"Hey Tech Talker, you keep recommending that we get Gigabit routers and switches. But my internet is only 10 megabits. Why does my router need to be faster?" - Peggy

Peggy, this is a great question! Generally internet connections vary widely in their speeds depending on your Internet Service Provider (or ISP). You're right in that most internet speeds are about 10 megabits, which is 100 times slower than a gigabit. So why do I recommend such a fast router or switch?

Well for one thing, 1 gigabit per second is the fastest speed under ideal conditions. So basically that's as fast as it can possibly get in the manufacturer's testing environment. In the real world this means that you'll probably see slightly slower speeds. Similar to how advertized battery lifespans can vary.

The next use for gigabit speeds is if you are connecting your devices in your home network. If you are transferring files on your network between devices, your speeds will go much faster than if you were connecting to the device over the internet.

Picture your home network is like a Nascar racetrack in the middle of nowhere.....


About the Author

Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.