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Transferring 1GB file

Hey everyone, wondering if anyone has any inputs on something that's got me going in circles (literally).

I have 2 PCs both connected to a router each. Both routers are connected to each other directly via a cross-over cable. All connections are FastEthernet/auto/auto

When I transfer a 1GB file from PC A to PC B, it goes extremely slow. I clocked it at 1.11 Megabytes/sec. Entire transfer took just over 5 minutes.

Now if I remove the routers from the equation and connect both PCs to a single fastethernet switch, same file takes 1 minute to transfer at 11.8 Megabytes/sec which is more like the fastethernet speed. (100mbps / 8 = 12.5 Megabytes/sec)

I tried different cables and also checked to see if there were any errors on the ports, there were none.

Routers I am using are Cisco 1811 and Cisco 1711. PCs are connected to the built-in switch on both routers.

RouterA FastEthernet0 IP: 192.168.1.1/24

RouterA VLAN1 IP: 10.1.1.1/24

PC A IP: 10.1.1.20

RouterB FastEthernet0 IP: 192.168.1.2/24

RouterB VLAN1 IP: 10.0.0.1/24

PC B IP: 10.0.0.20

I know switching fabric is much faster than a router however it should still do better than that.  Any ideas?

Thanks all in advance

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New Member

Re: Transferring 1GB file

I should also add that there are no software firewalls enabled on either PCs. Only the anti-virus software is on.

Cisco Employee

Re: Transferring 1GB file

Hi Ricky,

To narrow down the problem could you please try connecting the two PC's with only one router at a time and then send the file.

You may also connect the switch in between and take the wireshark captures (SPAN the port) to see what is exactly going on once you have detected the problem router.

As you have already checked the interfaces of routers, please check the router's CPU as well as memory status.

Please rate helpful posts. Thanks.

New Member

Re: Transferring 1GB file

Thanks Bhishma, I'll try that out.

Super Bronze

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An 1811 is rated at 70 Kpps but a 1711 is only rated at 13.5 Kpps.  The latter, especially, could have some "difficulty" with supporting FE thoughput.

New Member

Re: Transferring 1GB file

Hi Joseph, could you please elaborate? I thought if it's a FastEthernet interface, it would atleast support 100mbps?

Thanks

Super Bronze

Re: Transferring 1GB file

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Ricky Sandhu wrote:

Hi Joseph, could you please elaborate? I thought if it's a FastEthernet interface, it would atleast support 100mbps?

Thanks

A not uncommon misconception.

Many of the smaller routers do not have the capacity to support their LAN (Ethernet) interfaces for their continuous Ethernet bandwidths.  Their performance is such to support much lower WAN bandwidths.

New Member

Re: Transferring 1GB file

Interesting. I didn't know that. Thanks for clearing that up.  Would you be so kind to tell me if a Cisco 2911 and  Cisco 2951 can do 100Mbps? We have several of these deployed with a lot of 100Mbps WAN circuits. It would not make sense to have routers that can't do that speed.

All these routers have GigEthernet ports so I'm assuming they should atleast be able to do 100Mbps?

We also have a 2951 sitting behind a Gigabit WAN circuit. This router is running an ISM-VPN-29 module for VPN encryption.

Super Bronze

Re: Transferring 1GB file

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For 100 Mbps, Cisco recommends the 3925.

See last page of the whitepaper I've attached.

New Member

Re: Transferring 1GB file

Perfect. Thanks Joseph.      

Hall of Fame Super Blue

Re: Transferring 1GB file

Ricky

Just to add to the other posts.

It is unlikely but can you check your router configurations and make sure you have not disabled CEF on any of the interfaces ie. under your interface you should not have this command -

"no ip route-cache"

Jon

New Member

Re: Transferring 1GB file

Hi Jon, before I setup this lab, I had done a write erase on both routers and only configured the IP addresses and static route. I'll check to see if CEF got disabled and report back.

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