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Slow Network I am having a hard time trying to find out what's the benchmark in my network.
I'll start by listing my hardware:
1) HP Microserver NL36 (WHS Server, upstairs) - 1Gbps ethernet
2) Acer R3700 (XBMC, downstairs directly below server) - 1Gbps ethernet, 65Mbps wireless
3) TP-Link WDR4300 (Router) - 1Gbps ethernet, 300+450Mbps wireless
The server is connected directly to the router through Lan. Initially, I connected XBMC wirelessly but playback had frequent buffering issues and will fail halfway into the movie (720p). The smb shares on the server are mapped as network drives on the xbmc pc.
I used iperf to check my connection, with the Server as the test server. It recorded the connection from XBMC to Server at ~20Mbps which is quiet disappointing as I expected at least 50Mbps. I then tried to connect through ethernet, and it recorded at only 60-80Mbps although playback is smooth now but it's through a Gbit router?
I have tried my other laptops as well, and iperf recorded the same results for the wireless/lan. I have another Gbit switch which I tried and I still cant reach Gbit. My cables are all Cat6 and network controllers can actually support 1Gbps.
Does anyone know what's wrong, or what else can I do to identify the problem? Ideally I would like to increase my wireless connection so that my other devices (ipad, pcs etc.) can stream fine too.
*ran iperf on the Server using it as both the server and client, 855Mbps
mozerdLight Will Pierce The DarknessPremium,MVM
How many wireless devices are active in your immediate area?
Are some of these device using 802.11b ? if yes then that is one cause of your issue.
Do you use Bluetooth?
Do You have wireless phones running on the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz frequencies?
Are you using wireless mouse and Keyboard or any other wireless remote control? If yes which frequencies are they using?
Can you identify any other wireless emitters in close proximity to your area of concern?
Are you close to a Power Grid or close to High Voltage wires?
Is your wireless Network adapter fully capable --- there is a big difference between compatibility and capability.
I have very limited experience with the TP-Link product --from that limited experience my view is not positive especially if a slew of smart devices are involved due to very poor wireless performance. I suggest that if you are going to have a mix of smart devices [iphone, ipads, surface, android, and the like] the Netgear R6300 is far more capable.
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