Re: Local networks and the 3800-HGV
09-27-2008 01:54:30 PM
I hope someone will find this useful or informative.
How about neither?
I'm not going to go line by line in your post to refute what you have stated as many people use the wired side of the RG successfully. Flashing ports don't necessarily indicate that the switch can't handle anyone else's traffic. I have more than one computer as well as a LAN based printer and I've had zero connectivity issues between nodes.
What the tech should have told you is that the video portion of Uverse is multicast and this is how the RG can feed multiple TV's the same video signal concurrently. Yeah, multicast is chatty, but it doesn't overwhelm the network one bit.
Ethernet and TCP/IP were devised as a way to allow multiple nodes to communicate on the same wire and this is exactly what is going on with your internal network. The RG includes a 100 megabit wired switch and even with the entire 7 streams available to Uverse subscribers with HD and THDVR, you're not approaching the capacity limits of the wire. HPNA has even more bandwidth available, so there's even less potential for capacity issues there.
You can't judge the efficiency of your network solely on flashing lights on your equipment.