- Jan 6, 2006
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What would be the best cable to buy to copy large files (video) quickly from pc to laptop for viewing.
If you just want to view the videos, you should be able to view them through the network without having to copy them from the desktop to the laptop... Would probably be the fastest method
Nothing faster than Cat6 (gigabit ethernet) for the home user at the moment. Not seen many laptops that come with it mind...
Another option would be an external hard drive.
True, and I should have just refered to it as gigabit ethernet.Just a quick note, as this is a technology I have been heavily involved in, Cat6 does not come with any PC.
Cat6 is a specification for cabling, the wire, sockets, plugs etc that are combined when installing or using network cabling, and Guarantees that the system will pass data at a specific rate without crosstalk etc provided that alll the installation practices required in Cat6 have been ahdered to. Just because you happen to have a Cat5, Cat5e or Cat 6 rated RJ45 type patch lead does not mean that you areable to pass data at the rates defined in the specifications
So on the PC front you can plug in a Cat5, Cat5e or Cat6 type RJ45 and the PC does not care. It will pass data at the fastest speed it is capable of.
True, and I should have just refered to it as gigabit ethernet.
In my defence I specified Cat6 as this is how PC World sell their gigabit ethernet cables and I didn't want windy going in and finding none of the sales reps knowing that gigabit ethernet uses the Cat6 standard. (NB At home I regularly use Cat5e as a gigabit ethernet cables, but what I do and what I'd recommend isn't always the same )
However, if we ignore my faux pas and talk thoretical maximums it should still be fastest for the home user... at the moment (the proposed USB3 has a target speed of 4.8Gbit/s)
Gigabit ethernet = 1Gbit/s or 1000Mbit/s
Firewire 800 = 800Mbit/s
USB2 = 480Mbit/s
Firewire/IEEE1394/i-link = 400Mbit/s
Wireless 'n' = 248Mbit/s
Ethernet = 100Mbit/s
Wireless 'g' = 52Mbit/s (128Mbit/s on some equipment)
USB1.1 = 12Mbit/s
But as stated these speeds are the 'certified upto' speeds and will be wholly equipment dependent...
 Actually eSATA is the current theoretical fastest at 2400Mbit/s, but that would require both machines to have an eSATA ports. However, both PCI and either PCMCIA or ExpressCard (depending on the laptop) should be available for both eSATA and gigabit ethernet options [/edit]
powerline ethernet will give you around 160Mb per second if you have a relatively modern house/flat. I use this at home myself and it is very, very good.
I dont know why you are saying Gb ethernet will give you up to 50Mbps though? 1000Mbps would equate to 125MBps, which is incredibly fast? Also, isnt fibre channel almost exclusive to a SAN?
However, if networking isnt an option, then the cheapest and fastest method would be to use a USB pen or external HDD to move the files physically.
We've just experienced a drive-by posting.
Windy21 came in, posted off a quick one, left a lot of confusion in his wake & promptly buggered off.
Would've been nice of him to drop by & let us know how he got on, or if anyone helped him in any way.
FB is almost always used for SAN but I have heard that it can be used for networking as well. Apparently there are some HBA can run a IP stack over fibre.