Slow LAN file transfer

July 19, 2006 at 18:21:24
Specs: win XP home, pentium 4 3.2GHz, 1GB RAM
I have 5 computers on my home network and have been transfering files from these computers on to one of the pcs i using for my home theatre. The files im transfering being movies and music, so alot of large files. Its going but its just doing it painfully slow.

for example a 500MB movie i just transfered took 15. Though i could download a file the same size from the internet in under 10 minutes. shouldnt transferring files across the LAN by considerably faster than downoading from the internet? whats the problem with it.

transfering files between all pcs is slow(not just when transfering to the home theatre pc) all computers are running windows xp home sp2. Half of the network is wireless, the rest cabbled.



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#1
July 19, 2006 at 18:40:47
Try TCPOptimizer.exe
www.speedguide.net
broadband tools

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#2
July 19, 2006 at 20:17:52
lan vs internet optimization

Transfering from the internet to one machine is not the same as xfer across the lan. Server to your hard drive. Hard drive to hard drive. If you have a slow hard drive/system as destination - hd to hd can be slow. Its the weakest link that is the issue.

There are things you can do to optimize your lan

1. defrag all of your drives. Amazing how file xfers increase when they don't have to write here/there on the disk.
2. set your nics from auto to 100mb full duplex. This is assumin you have a 100mb connection between pcs.
3. off load any apps/services you don't need from starting up. There are guides on the internet for this.

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#3
July 21, 2006 at 06:48:36
I will disagree with the last poster on hardcodeing your nic to 100/full unless your equipment is hooked into a manageable switch that allows you to hardcode the switch port also to 100/full . these cheap routers only know auto , if you hardcode your nic this will default the router port to 100/half and this will really slow things down because you have a speed/duplex mismatch which causes all kinds of errors and slow response . In fact verify that any wired nic is set as auto for speed and duplex...


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