Gigabit card only connecting at 100mbps? Here’s the fix.

I finished a modernization project where I replaced all of my 100-megabit gear with gigabit-capable gear, including my cabling and router and access points. But after I replaced my last 100-megabit switch, I found we had two Windows 7 desktops refusing to speed up. Here’s how to fix a gigabit card only connecting at 100mbps.

First, if you know you’re not connecting at gigabit, you probably already know how to do this. But if not, here’s how to check your network speed in Windows 10.

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Linksys vs TP-Link

If you’re looking for the pros and cons of Linksys vs TP-Link, I have experience with both and I’m glad to share it.

Linksys is a well established brand. From 2003 to 2013, they were Cisco’s consumer products division. Since 2013, they’ve been part of Belkin. Prior to Cisco buying them, they were an independent company, founded in 1988. Linksys was the first company to sell 100 million routers.

I don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of TP-Link. They were founded in 1996 but if you were buying their stuff before 2005, you’re well ahead of me.

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D-Link vs TP-Link

If you’re looking for the pros and cons of D-Link vs TP-Link, I have experience with both and I’m glad to share it.

D-Link is a well established brand. Founded in 1986, it started doing business as D-Link in 1994. It’s been around a long time. If you’ve been involved with computers for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of it.

I don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of TP-Link. They were founded in 1996 but if you were buying their stuff before 2005, you’re well ahead of me.

D-Link

I don’t want to venture a guess when I started buying D-Link wired network cards. They were low-end cards with midling performance at best but they do all still work.

I had worse luck with D-Link routers, unfortunately. I used a D-Link as my primary router for about two years. That was about all I could tolerate.

I bought another D-Link router for my mother in law a few years later because it was cheap. We got about two years out of that, as well, before I replaced it with an ancient Linksys router. That router is obsolete, but it’s reliable.

So while I think D-Link’s network cards are fine, I’m not enamored with their routers. You can call it bad luck, but I rarely have anything fail after just two years. I’m not sure it’s happened to me since the 1990s, aside from my D-Link gear.

TP-Link

TP-Link gear is cheap. But I’ve had nothing but great luck with it. I loved my TP-Link routers. Not only were they reliable, they were incredibly stable. I used one as an access point for several years without rebooting it. That’s unheard of. The TP-Link TL-WR841N is fantastic, especially with DD-WRT on it. I’d be careful with their very cheapest stuff, but anything midrange and up they make is excellent.

TP-Link controls its own supply chain, which it believes allows it to build better products at better prices. I’m a believer.

The two things I don’t like about TP-Link were how it caved to the FCC over DD-WRT. It relented, but no other maker was so quick to ban third-party firmware on its devices. And while TP-Link does release firmware updates sometimes, it doesn’t do it as quickly as I’d like.

That said, the next time I need a $20 router, I’ll be buying a TP-Link TL-WR841N, or whatever model replaces it at that price point.

Asuswrt-Merlin vs Cisco

I recently saw advice to buy a Cisco RV130W instead of buying an Asus router such as an RT-AC66U and souping it up with Asuswrt-Merlin. I can see both sides of the argument but in the end I favor the Asus solution when I consider Asuswrt-Merlin vs Cisco. Here’s why.

Now, if you’re arguing business vs personal use, there’s no contest. In a business setting, buy the Cisco.

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TP-Link TL-SG1008D vs TP-Link TL-SG108

TP-Link has two inexpensive 8-port switches aimed at the consumer market: the TP-Link TL-SG1008D and TP-Link TL-SG108. If you’re wondering about TP-Link TL-SG1008D vs TP-Link TL-SG108, I can sum it up pretty easily.

Who you’re asking for makes a big difference. If you’re asking for yourself, you probably want the TL-SG108. If you’re asking for a friend, the TL-SG1008D may be worth considering. Read on to see why.

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