Windows Xp/10 network transfer speed?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by StarGazerTom, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. StarGazerTom

    StarGazerTom GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Feb 2, 2015
    So I have an old office computer that I use as a small NAS, with a 1Tb drive installed in it, for backing up important files, games and such.

    Problem, the transfer speed caps at 11.3 MB/s.
    I'm not using it as FTP, instead using it as a Networked drive.

    Is there a way to increase the speed, as it feels awfully slow, and sometimes even while watching videos, it sometimes needs to buffer, as it cannot transfer data fast enough.

    Any solutions?

    If any more info is needed, please feel free to ask and I'll update the thread with more info.
  2. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    Can you give us a list of everything from point A to point B?

    Drive used to store the videos.
    Drive interface (SATA, IDE, SCSI, etc)
    Network Interface Card
    Connections to the router
    Connection to your device (Ethernet, WiFi, etc)
    ...probably don’t need to know the specs of your device, so long as you know it’s capable of media playback just fine.

    This’ll help us to guess where the bottleneck is in your network performance.

    By the way, a couple tricks you can use are using multiple NICs and “teaming” them to double networking speed. And if you’re using hard drives to store videos, consider putting them in RAID.
  3. StarGazerTom

    StarGazerTom GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Feb 2, 2015
    Western Digital 500Gb: unsure of exact make
    Dell Optiplex. Unsure of exact model. Think windows XP office work
    Ethernet lan connection

    unbranded switch box. Not a router. A splitter. Powered my AC, not by ethernet.

    Main Device:
    Dell XPZ-420
    SAta drive,
    samsung 120gb ssd
    Dell Motherboard. unsure of exact board.
    Onboard ethernet
    Using ethernet lan connection
  4. deSSy2724

    deSSy2724 GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 11, 2015
    Which CAT cable?
  5. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    Also, what’s the speed of the network hub (splitter - a switch would have 20+ ports)? (10, 100, 1000?).

    On your source desktop, if you copy a video file to another folder, what speed does it go at?
  6. Captain_N

    Captain_N GBAtemp Maniac

    Mar 29, 2010
    United States
    windows xp should not be restricting the network speed. I my desktop still has widows xp for older games and i have a 1 gigabit network card built in and gigabit network equipment. it could be your nic or the cable or the router.
    I use windows xp professional by the way. never tested the shitty home version.

    Here is a really good test to try to see if the OS is the problem. Download a copy of Gandalf's windows 10 live x86/x64 Live ISO. Burn it on a disc or an iso. The Disc will run windows 10 right off the disc with out needing to be installed. It does not touch your installed or hard drive files. It can even be run on a computer with no hard drive.
    Here are the live discs

    Copy a file once its booted up and see what the speed is.
  7. Athlon-pv

    Athlon-pv GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Feb 25, 2005
    United States
    There some problems with some of the hardware you are using if you have a cat 5 cable connected to lan ports then they wont be able to physically give you more then 100Mbit .
    Cat5e cables or higher might solve the problem but if only your ethernet is 1000Mbit.
    Then there is a problem on general performance on those ethernet ports which define the speed (some have their own processor which allows much faster speeds).
    But if you have one ethernet port really fast and the other slacking you are not going to break any speed records.
    I have seen 25MB/s transfers over 1Gbps ethernet ports.

    The best thing you can do is search for the devices you own and see if there any transfer tests were done in reviews online.