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A "Full T" - a full T1 - is theoretically 1.54Mbps. Conceiveably, you could get more bandwidth over cable download.

If you're using Category 5 cable, your max theoretical throughput is going to be 100Mbps. The Cat5 cable is not your bottleneck.

If you're all using Wireless, it is a shared medium. All of you are contending for the same "bandwidth" and all of your packets in wireless have to be acknowledged instead of every other few. So, you will NEVER attain the theoretical bandwidth of Wireless.

I doubt your router to the internet is loadbalancing across a cable connection and a T1, so odds are most of your internet connection is going over one connection.
 

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yellowduck said:
A thing I have uncovered about T1 should alleviate any misconceptions most people have about it and its "blazing" speed (go for oc149... then you'll know speed *drool* .... gonna have to hunt down some new NICs though :angel: ).

Most people believe that T1 is a lot faster than cable, not true.

Cable has higher throughput (transfer speed of data), probably due to attenuation or something similar.

T1 has higher bandwidth, so allows for more information to be transfered without a slowdown in throughput...

So technically, T1 is better for a network, as it allows for more information at a cost of speed... which ultimately is better since the loss in speed isnt dramatic.

Also, as Mr. Wizard said, you'll never get max bandwidth (if im not mistaken it should be throughput... bandwidth is just the amount of data that can be sent... not the speed at which it can be...)

Each individual networking device (hub, bridge, switch, router) adds latency to your network (at the cost of reliability) increasing from hub to router (if I remember, a router can take up to a 20% toll on your network alone if it has a network specific configuration)


So if you lost me anywhere, throw in quick lamens.

T1 = More data, Cable = Data faster
Hmm. T1 is an industry term specifying a leased line from the Telco which is a guranteed bandwidth of 1.54Mbps. You can have "frac T's" which is Fractional T1 with the same physical connection with less bandwidth.

Cable OTOH, is a physical medium. The bandwidth is different between upstream and downstream and is controlled by the Cable company. Also, cable, for internet purposes, is a shared medium, so the throughput depends on other users in the same "segment".

Like you say, T1 is just a term people have heard without understanding what it was and thought that if you had one, it must be fast! And there is a lot of misunderstanding about duplex, load balancing, etc. We have 3 T1's servicing this location - does it mean I get 3Mbps+ throughput when I'm downloading a file? NO! We have a device loadbalancing across the T1's - my "stream" still only goes one direction, it's not divided into 3 and sent out 3 "pipes". Additionally, I'm not the only one here using any given T1.
 
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