Local FTP Server with Slow Speeds

April 5, 2009 at 18:23:32
Specs: Windows XP
Hello All,

So i setup a simple ftp server to help share my files around the household to the 4 or 5 other computers located here. Everything is up and running fine except im getting a maximum of 1.2MB/s. Everything is setup with Ethernet and last time i checked the connection speed says its connected at 100MB/s. So my question is where is my other 99MB/s going? Its not being used for internet because im still on dial-up (high speed doesn't come to where we live -.-) so that couldn't be eating up more than 56kb/s. All the computers connecting are either Windows XP or Windows Vista... The host is running on Windows XP. IS there anything i can do on my end to help increase the transfer speed?

Even when im transferring files directly over the network ive noticed that the speed is at a maximum of 1MB/s i've only once ever seen it at 1.5MB/s. At my school ive downloaded from the internet at over 7MB/s so there must be something wrong with how i have things setup.

Thanks a lot for any responses
~Cody Woolaver

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April 6, 2009 at 07:16:59
What kind of router and/or switch are you using to create the LAN?

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April 6, 2009 at 09:53:10
I'm using a router, and i believe the brand is linksys (by cisco)... I know it looks like this... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...

Im at school right now so if you needed the actual model number i could get it when i go home (in about 9 hours)... If it is the router is there any way to allow faster speeds to pas through it? Ive looked over almost every setting that is inside the router and ive been unable to find anything like that. I have opened port 21(ftp) and 20(ftp-data) though.

Thanks for the reply,
~Cody Woolaver

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April 6, 2009 at 11:16:22
Basic routers usually have 4 LAN ports & 1 WAN port. Since you are not using it for the net, the WAN port shouldn't have anything in it, not even the machine you are using for your 'FTP server'.

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April 6, 2009 at 12:44:00
What exactly do you mean? All of the ports are being used... 4 Wired computers, and then access from a router (its satellite dial-up). The server is connected via LAN to that router, and the computer accessing the server is connected via LAN to the router too...


The router is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I just did a lot of reading and several people have had this issue. I tried the ftp server by downloading from myself... I connected to, which is the ip of the host (was still 100MBs) and got 47.5MB/s... Anyway to speed it up? When i use CTRL-ALT-DEL and go to look at the network useage, im only getting 25% anyways to move that to 90+%?

~Cody Woolaver

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April 6, 2009 at 18:55:39
I don't know anything about satellite dialup, so I'll have to let someone else answer.

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April 6, 2009 at 19:49:38
Shouldnt it be completly independant? I just plug in the receiver into the router just like you would a modem to the router, my interest lies within the local aspect of my network.

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May 15, 2009 at 05:25:17
There is a bottleneck somewhere in your system. What kind of ftp server/client are you running? The biggest culprit is more than likely your disk drive though. I had a similar issue of getting around 250kB. After switching out the hard drive I got 2MB. The numbers aren't great but I am running on a P3 with a hard drive that is 6 years old.

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