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09 April 2006 @ 01:40 pm
home networking overkill, schedule note  
So, thespatula has been getting slow net, while mine has been fine. I remembered she was connected through a switch in the living room, over the one old Cat5 cable I ran under the house years ago, that wasn't even crimped all that well. The outer insulation has pulled loose from the connector on each end.

I bought some Cat6 cable a while back and never did anything with it. Yesterday, I got a creeper at the local auto supply store. It's basically a board on wheels to make it easier to work on a car, and it helped me wheel around under the house to put in two Cat6 cables. In theory, I shouldn't have to crawl around under the trailer for a long time. Now our network goes like this:

Comcast modem-> wireless/wired router -> one line to the printer in the closet, one line to a gigabit switch
Gigabit switch-> both of thespatula's computers and all 3 of mine that are currently online, including the new in-house file server (the previous anysize.org box, named Bahamut after the big computer in MegaZone 23, itself a mythological reference). I need to put a gigabit NIC in the new server and see if it improves. Maybe I should ask thespatula whether she's getting better speeds now too. Well?

Schedule Note: I work the next two Saturdays, April 15 and 22. Then I'll be all even as far as shift-trading.
 
 
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thomasj on April 9th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
If you're running gigabit, make sure you adjust MTU and RWIN on the respective machines; by default on Windows OSes they are too low to fully utilize gigabit.

ashi: bunny!ashi on April 9th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the suggestion. I'll look up proper numbers for that when I get home. I'll check the settings for Ubuntu Linux and Mac OS X too.
Mandelbearmdlbear on April 9th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
Fry's has been selling Trendnet GigE cards for $10 in some of their sales; I assume you've been taking advantage of them. I've been slowly upgrading; next step is to install the GigE card in my workstation, then to run a line of Cat6 out to the garage.
ashi: ashi.comashi on April 9th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
I bought some cards over a year ago, and I still have one unopened that I'll pop into the server. Thanks though, $10 is a nice deal.
TJcheeseboy on April 10th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
Also under the house is the wiring for the extra outlet for the pepsi machine. :)