I’d been reading about the various improvements in networking equipment for some time and often wondered what the point was when our current broadband speeds don’t even come close to the speeds that modern networking gear can provide.
But then I reflected that it’s not only internet connectivity that is affected.
The Netgear Gigabit Network
I decided to upgrade our network to a new Netgear Gigabit Network router and 8-port gigabit switch to see exactly how the improvements would be noticed.
First impressions were very positive concerning everything about the Netgear package. It is incredibly simple to set-up, with pre-configured security parameters and simple admin logins for the router. It really is as simple as plug-and-play! Not only that, but it all looks so good too. Both the router and the switch are beautifully finished and don’t look at all out of place in any office or contemporary setting. The presence of two additional USB ports on the router allow for easy access to additional storage, which can also be set up to access remotely if required.
Wireless connectivity uses both 2.5 and 5 GHz bands, allowing much improved reliability on wireless connections and the preconfigured security settings mentioned above made extremely light work of reconfiguring the devices that were previously using the old router wirelessly.
So how is it better than what we had before? Well, we keep a huge number of shared files on a network storage drive which includes everything from images to songs to pdfs, to spreadsheets and much more in between. Using each PC to access and use these files used to incur a time delay while thumbnails, previews or listings were loaded. This is where the new gigabit setup really shines. If we now need to scan through a few hundred image thumbnails from a particular folder it’s immediate – almost instantaneous and when saving files to networked locations, again there is no delay. It is as though you were saving to your own PC’s hard drive.
As internet connection speeds improve further this new network will surely further enhance the experience, allowing ultra-fast streaming of video and music files to the various devices connected to the network.
It has been an eye-opener and I am genuinely surprised by the improvement in performance that the Netgear Gigabit network equipment has provided.