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  1. Goonigoogoo

    Goonigoogoo Active Member

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    I'm transferring a 5 GB file to one PC to another via wireless NIC, and the ETA is at 3 freaking hours, at this rate it would be faster to log on to MSN messenger on both PC's and transfer it via there. Am i doing something wrong? Any input would be appreciated.

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  2. EvilSS

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    Nope. Wireless is fast but not as fast as copper. A cross-over ethernet cable, a Firewire cable between the two PC's, a USB transfer cable (and USB2.0), or a USB/Firewire hard drive would all be faster.
     
  3. Goonigoogoo

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    Thanks .....


    Just ranting: so why the hell are they rated 11/54/108 MBPS in the first place, grrrrrrrr! :hsugh:
     
  4. Goonigoogoo

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    I understand hitting maximum potential on any NIC wired/or not is practically impossible but this transfer rate is freakin ridiculous.
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    what transfer rate is your router set to? make sure it is not set to the 1-2 Mb setting
     
  6. Goonigoogoo

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    I fiddled around in the router properties and couldn't find a way to adjust the transfer rate. For some reason i forgot to disable the Firewall on the machine that was receiving the fies, so i did so after the transfer was complete. I'll be transferring another large file tonight and see if that makes a difference, thanks for the input guys.
     
  7. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    For the same reason they tell you the range is up to 150' indoors and 300' outdoors. Its total bullshit but it sells product.
     
  8. Goonigoogoo

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    hehehehehe


    Ok so i tried it with both firewalls disabled and i still get a slow transfer rate. I've been researching it a bit and no help reading other forums online although a lot of people have been experiencing the same problems.
     
  9. samm

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    When I transfer large files between my powerbook and my desktop, I use a firewire cable and just boot my powerbook in target disk mode. I don't know if PCs have this feature or not. Alternatively, I can just use an ethernet cable to connect the two since they have autosensing gigabit ethernet ports. That is more of a pain tho since I have to change the network settings.

    Transferring large files through my wireless router is always slow, even though it's 802.11g and I get full signal strength.
     
  10. Penetration

    Penetration OT Supporter

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    get a couple nics and a crossover cable, it'll be much faster.
     
  11. Goonigoogoo

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    That's what i'll end up doing, stay wireless 99% of the time and just connect via cat5 when i have large files to transfer, thanks all!
     
  12. GuOD

    GuOD mcflurry diet

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    Changing MTU file size MIGHT affect things.

    I know I was getting about 300k/s with one wireless and one wired, but then it increased up to about 600 while changing MTU but it never went higher.

    I just plugin to transfer stuff also. Had this problem with various wireless routers
     
  13. EvilSS

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    Wireless, even g, isn't really very fast compared to wired. I use wireless for everything, but I keep a wired backbone (firewire in my case) between my two main boxes so I can shuffle files around. I put ethernet and firewire in all my boxes to I can run a cable or attach a drive when I need to move files to them.
     
  14. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    I just did a test using DU Meter. I dragged a 400+ MB iso file from my desktop to my laptop over wifi, then wired. The desktop is a P4-1.8 with 512MB running XP Pro and an Intel 10/100 interface on the motherboard. The laptop is a Sony T150 running XP Pro with Intel 10/100 Ethernet and Intel 2200BG wifi. They're connected by a Netgear G router/AP/switch. The router and the laptop are less than 3' apart.

    Wifi-G: Peaked at 20 mbps initially, then settled down to about 18.5 mbps
    10/100: Peaked at 97 mbps initially, then settled down to about 80 mbps

    So if you read the ads, the wifi should have been about 1/2 as fast as the wired, but in reality its less than 1/4 as fast. Of course either is fine for web surfing and checking email but moving big files is a killer. And don't forget that speed drops off as you move away from the access point.
     
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    WiFi to access point is about 20 feet with 1 wall in the way, Either way i'm glad its working i just wish it could be faster. Thanks for the input guys.
     
  16. EvilSS

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    WiFi rates are about 1/2 that of the rated speed. You can google around for why. I really don't recall, radio isn't my thing.


    If you want more speed, you could always try some WiFi Speed Spray:


    http://www.j-walk.com/other/wifispray/
     
  17. Goonigoogoo

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    Is that WiFi speed spray the real deal? You would understand why i'm such a sceptic.
     
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    Gaylord Focker 8=oOOo=D ~ ~ ~

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    yup, my whole office uses it
     

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