I have 2 Vista (Ultimate & Pro) and 1 XP (Pro) computers connected to a Linksys SRW2008 switch (all computers connect at 1Gb/s speed) When I start a transfer of a big file (over 500mb) I am only getting 13.8MB/s (which is 96Mb/s) between Vista systems and 25MB/s when I am transferring from or to XP system.
SRW2008 has been reset to factory defaults, but made no difference with the transfer speeds.
I forgot to mention that my Ultimate pc was running media center, which was causing the slowdown. As soon as I close MCE i get 1Gb transfer speeds over the network. I also found a registry change that I can apply to my MCE computer to make transfers faster while MCE is running.
You are correct about mostly anything but I personally find myself a bit pondering about your statement that Linksys (but I don't actually care for the particular vendor) switches, although having 1Gbps ports, may not really provide that switching speed.
I would not say a word if we were talking about routers because the low-end routers are implemented as software routers, and the CPU+bus+OS bottleneck is clear here. However, with switches, I believe that this is a different issue. Because of hardware-based forwarding process in switches, I do not believe that even the cheapest switch is unable to provide two ports with their full speed. Agreed, the aggregate traffic (if all ports are fully loaded) may exceed the switching matrix capacity, but with only two ports out of N ports communicating, I am pretty sure that the switching hardware simply must be able to take care of that on line rate, and this should hold even for the most inferior switches made today.
Hi everyone, I would like to thank you in advance for any help you can provide a newcomer like myself!
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