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Ask HN: Home network for 1G fiber internet
4 points by heuermh on Oct 9, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments
They will be installing fiber to my home in a few weeks. Should I just connect the fiber router to a wireless router and be done with it, or is this an opportunity to be more clever?



Assuming you really do get a 1 gigabit connection, your wireless router will be a major bottleneck. See the table on Wikipedia's article on IEEE 802.11 (commonly known as wi-fi): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11#Protocol

The column labeled "Stream data rate" is the theoretical top speed of each connection type (in reality you will never achieve these speeds in a standard home installation where you have signal that's passing through and bouncing off things). You'll see that there's some protocols which approach or go over 1000 megabits (1 gigabit) per second, but those protocols are not yet widely supported by available hardware, and may never be.

If you want to truly take advantage of your connection's speed, you'll want to use a wired connection which uses Gigabit Ethernet or 10 Gigabit Ethernet hardware from end to end, as well as Category 6 or Category 7 Ethernet cabling, respectively (though your precise needs may vary depending on the hardware you get - do some research before buying).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit_Ethernet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_Gigabit_Ethernet


Test it first with wireless. Then check with a temporary Ethernet cable if the subjective speed difference matters.

If yes, then you have to get a Cat5 cable to your computer or move your computer to the router :D


On my Apple Airport Extreme with 2 additional Airport Expresses and Cat6e from modem to main Airport unit, on Wifi I'm getting about 820Mbps. So wifi, with the right equipment is fine. At first I was skeptical that Apple's wifi hardware was any good, but after just 3 weeks I'm sold.




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