I have fiber internet into my house. When I plug directly into the fiber to Ethernet converter, I easily can pull down at 30 Mbps, as verified from trying speedtest.net. The ethernet jack on the fiber converter is 10/100 Base-T.
My problem is when I plug in an intermediate Gigabit switch or router between my laptop and the fiber converter. Once I do that ( fiber converter > gigabit switch > laptop ), the same speed test gives me results at around 9 Mbps.
All of the cables involved are known to be good. I've tried both a Netgear gigabit switch, as well as an Apple Airport Extreme router as the intermediate nodes, and they have both show similar speed drops.
Where did all the speed go? What can I do to get the full connection speed with an intermediate switch in the mix?