I have a network with a dead slow 10/100 router. The router cannot be replaced, and I wish to speed up transfers between two, or possibly three computers on the network.
If I plug an unmanaged gigabit switch into one of the router's ports, then plug the two computers into the spare ports on the switch, will the speeds between the computers still be bottlenecked by the router?
[10/100 Router] \-> [Laptop (slow)] \-> [*Unmanaged* 10/100/1000 switch] \-> My PC <== ¬ \-> Storage PC <== Gigabit possible between these two? \-> [Tablet (slow)]
After testing with a laptop and realizing the wire must be fine, I changed the speeds/duplex setting on my computer's NIC from "auto negotiation" to 100Mb Full Duplex. The issue of speeds being slower than 100Mb is now fixed.