Connection type = auto-negotiation

May 5, 2009 at 15:01:18
Specs: Windows XP home
Hi, in Device Manager in the Advanced tab of my VIA PCI 10/100Mb Fast Ethernet Adapter properties my Connection Type property is set to auto-negotiation.

I would like to change it from auto, but I don't know which value to choose. Auto works fine but I have reasons for wanting it off auto.

What is the correct value to choose or how can I find out?

Thank you
Child of the Tao

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May 5, 2009 at 15:32:43
What do you think your changing this will do?

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May 6, 2009 at 01:27:16
Well it's because of a video performance tweak I read. On a system with low memory (like this one) someone reported an increase in video playback performance when they changed that setting onto something other than auto.

and thanks.
Child of the Tao

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May 6, 2009 at 08:41:20
Whoever said that is mistaken. They might think that improved things but it won't.

Simply put, if your NIC is set to auto, and the other end is also set to auto and you're showing a 1000 Mbps connection. Manually setting both ends to 1000 Mbps won't change'll still be connecting at 1000 Mbps.

If you're talking about streaming video from the internet from a site like YouTube, this won't do anything at all since the connection rate for your external connection will be much slower than your LAN connection rate.

There might be tweaks to improve video playback performance but they'll be graphic card tweaks, not network tweaks.

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