Paul C. Williams

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Consumer grade hubs suck

I had to share a ethernet drop between a couple of computers in my home office today. To achieve that, I connected  a little Netgear 5-port 10/100/1000 hub to my drop and sent a couple of ethernet lines out to the nodes.

This morning, I was having connectivity issues out to the internet. Connections were spotty, the speed wasn't fabulous and latency was much higher than normal. A trip to confirmed that I wasn't seeing what I usually see.

I took the hub out of line, so that it was no longer between my very awesome Asus RT-N66U router and ran the speed test again. Pouf! Problems gone; speeds back up to 50+ MBPS with fewer connectivity and latency issues.

Note to self: consumer grade hubs generally suck.

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