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Slow network speed

By jeremy ·
I am using a router to share a cable modem connection. On my win98se machine when i check the status on the "internet gateway" icon in the taskbar it says the connection speed is 10Mbps, but it should be 100Mbps like my XP machine. The ethernet connection on the win98 machine is an onboard realtek on a gigabyte GA-7ax board. How do i fix this to get the full 100Mbps connection i should be getting. One last question, is it ok to go ahead and get rid of the firewall software on both machines now that the router is in place? Thanks.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Slow network speed

you don't *get* 100MBs with the cable modem (or ANY broadband connection) let's do the math... Let's say you had a really really fast cable connection, say equivalent to a T1. that's 1.5MBs. Your 10MB ethernet network is already 5 times faster. so they don't put 100MB ports on the routes as 10MB is more than enough...secondly, NO do not ditch your firewalls. the router is not a firewall. gives you some protection but not enough...

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by jeremy In reply to Slow network speed

I just wanted to ensure that I was getting the full 100Mbps speed for the local network between computers plugged into the same router.

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