Originally Posted by Kpalsm
Yeah, better to buy current hardware and/or future proof, all that stuff. Quite a jump from a $2 Radio Shack splitter to a $60 switch though
Always hard to compare to something that wouldln't have worked, though!
As people read this thread, they should understand that adding gigabit doesn't magically make their DVRs and game console connections to the Internet any faster. Yes, the prices of Gbit equipment are much, much cheaper than even a year ago, but the bargain basement 10/100 pricing shouldn't be ignored. If you are connecting PCs to servers (and they have Gbit NICs), by all means make sure those are on Gbit ports. Game consoles, DVRs, etc. are geneally 100Mbit, and are eventually connecting to the Internet through a 1-8Mb pipe. Practically speaking for a 'normal' residential user, Gbit wouldn't make any difference. Get into a large network, commercial usage, or a whole bunch of simultaneous streaming, and well, you probably shouldn't be asking those questions in an A/V forum!
The other end of the 'current hardware and/of future proof' sword is that you probably shouldn't buy computer/networking technology (at a premium) you don't have an immediate use for, because the cost to upgrade in the future (if it even becomes necessary) will very likely be significantly less... Plus add on the likelyhood of failures, configuration changes, etc...
(Although the worse example I know of is a guy that got a 'good deal' on a projector, but didn't have a place to use it - it sat in the box for 12-18 months!)
Now, a $20 delta on a switch probably isn't worth arguing about, but I see too often people being told (not on this forum, mind you!) to overbuild their home networks - and it kinda grates on me in a "Monster Cable" kinda way. I'd rather they spend that money on better speakers!