Upload & Sell: On
Thanks Rob and Mark. I really don't seem to be having a problem with internet upload/download, or watching tutorial video, netflix, etc. When I am working on my laptop downstairs and send files to the Drobos upstairs, things get ridiculously slow. What component of my LAN would affect that? Doesn't matter if I'm using wifi or CAT5, it takes forever all of a sudden.
Well, your router is definitely in the mix for both LAN and WAN access. It's the device that determines where your packets need to go (out to the Internet or to a LAN based device like your Drobo. With a 14 year old router, you're definitely not going to have the fastest capabilities (wired Gb or Wireless N). So yeah, I would replace your router and if you use separate wireless points of presence, that as well. I have a personal dislike of Linksys gear and use Netgear devices.
Assuming everything is new and up to date, wired transfers should be faster than wireless but for most applications it shouldn't be a problem either way.