posted on Sep, 21 2013 @ 05:17 PM
Well folks, I wanted to come and share this because the impact on my set up here has been so profound. Call me odd, but self educating everything I'm
doing is like that. I get to be almost expert in one area, while dumb as a newbie in another...leaving more than one person I know to scratch their
head in wonderment at times. Not for what I know..but what I don't, occasionally.
So it is for how I feel at the moment. I've been using Cat 5e on a 50ft run to connect a Cisco E4500 Router to my system in the back room. The middle
spot for the router is literally that, physically, for the home ...so it does make sense in that way for how it's arranged.
I'd come to be somewhat used to slow loads on some websites (Like ATS) at times as well as spotty game performance. I never really thought about it
being that cable, because any ping test and speed test came back nice. 20-30 ping whether to Oklahoma, Chicago or Miami with only a bit more overseas.
An LPB as folks with low pings used to be called in games. Anyway....games have been something I haven't been doing much because of the inconsistent
performance on connection.
Well, I broke down today and with a bit of help from my brother in law, got myself Cat 6 from, of all places, Radio Shack. (No one else in my town
...not THAT small BTW....seems to think anything above Cat 5e is necessary ..or we need unthinkably priced gold plated. One of the two).
The difference is as staggering as changing the stock air cooler on my new system for a Corsair liquid block has been. It's just amazing how much the
seemingly small things matter. With a system now pushing the max that current tech allows, every bottleneck shows up, anywhere else ....and wow..
I've had some biggies I didn't realize were THAT big.
So.... Anyone who isn't seeing ATS load like it's a local HTML file on your hard drive? (I wasn't on the old, worn Cat 5e...I sure am on
this brand new Cat 6), consider the Ethernet cable. Long or short..doesn't matter if the network needs to resend a hundred times for a every 3rd or
4th packet by interference or just cheap quality. The difference I see now is absolutely staggering. (Now I just need to get on my Cable company as
their modem is the only part of my net not showing a valid 1 gig connection. Shame on them for old equipment....lol)
Don't sell short or go cheap on the small stuff, is what I've learned by this and other experiences. A Super-Computer can run like a Commodore 64 if
one critical piece is junk.