Question Considering buying 2.5 Gbps USB dongles for home PCs - would 1 Gbps router need changing?

King Mustard

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I want to improve transfer speeds between my two PCs. 100 MB/s isn't really enough.

Our ISP is BT Broadband and we use their BT Smart Hub (sometimes called the Home Hub 6), which was released in 2016.

I am considering buying 2x Plugable 2.5G USB-C and USB to Ethernet Adapter (totals £64) for the two PCs, which are currently both connected via CAT5e cable to the above wireless router.

Presumably, the router will limit the speed to 1 Gbps?

What options do I have?

Is a wireless router replacement the only possibility to get this working?

I ideally don't want to spend over £100 total, as the upgrade from 1 Gbps to 2.5 Gbps would then not be worth it for me.

I also can not run any more cabling.
 
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VirtualLarry

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Yeah, if you don't want to replace the router (and there are NO consumer routers on the market with multiple 2.5GbE LAN ports, and precious few with even one 2.5GbE LAN port), then get a 2.5GbE 5-port switch, and wire that to the router's LAN port, and then all of the PCs and NAS units to the 2.5GbE switch. They will run at 2.5GbE, and your internet will be limited to 1GbE.
 

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aigomorla

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I ideally don't want to spend over £100 total,
Its gonna cost you more then that total.
As others said, you need a 2.5gb switch to handle 2.5gb traffic.
So including the dongles and switch, it will probably cost you double, which i really don't think you will benefit from unless you have a NAS that is on a 2.5gb connection, or your ISP is 2.5gb.
 

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