I just had one of my B&W's wimp out on me, so I'm using a Beige G3 in its place for the moment. The Beige only has three PCI slots, so I opted for a SCSI , USB, and Firewire card for the slots while using the onboard Rage Pro video and the onboard 10base-T ethernet. The B&W had 10/100 ethernet, so I was expecting a noticeable decrease in performance online with the Beige's 10base-T. To my surprise, I'm not noticing any significant speed drop online while surfing the web. I haven't tried downloading files on the Beige yet, though.
My cable service is capable of 1000mhz. I've looked at the comp stores a couple of times in the past for 10/100/1000 routers, but was surprised to see most for sale only claim 10/100. Right now, after my cable modem, I've got a Linksys 10/100 router which then goes to a Linksys 10/100 switch. What are the variables for optimal broadband speed for the home users? Would there be significant gains by investing in the gigabit setup--Cat6 wiring, 10/100/100 routers etc.--even a gigabit PCI ethernet card for older comps? thanks