56 gigs is a huge amount for an ethernet card. I guess download/upload speeds would dramatically improve as well—
For a ‘small fee’ of course.
The problem isn’t with the bandwidth but what could use it.
I have 12 VMs running on a servers using the VMXNET3 adapter and they get 10GBps between themselves, and the network adapters are never taxed. As soon as they get to the layer 2 switch, they’re back to 100 MBps. My home broadband connection only gets me about 70 Mbps which realistically translates to a top-end of ~6.25 MBps download speed. It’s not slow, per se, but even 1 GBps home routers made by Linksys, dLink, Motorola, etc. can’t be used to their potential.
America’s FAR behind the curve among industrialized nations for Internet bandwidth. Internet consumers in Japan and Korea, for instance, enjoy bandwidth in the 50 MBps and 15 MBps range. As I understand it, that’s dedicated, not pooled, which blows most American consumer providers out of the water.