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Windows 7: Low network utilization/slow file transfers (wired)

24 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x32
 
 
Low network utilization/slow file transfers (wired)

I just purchased a Linksys E2000 the other day. I've been trying to stream recorded HD TV programs (.wtv files) from my desktop PC to my PS3 (via CAT6 cables) and have been unsuccessful so far. So i decided to try to troubleshoot the problem.
Here is a brief explanation of my network. I have the above mentioned router with my PC (Pentium 4 3.2Ghz with HT, 7200 rpm hard drive, 2GB ram, windows 7 pro) , my brother's PC (Core2Duo, 7200 rpm hard drive, 4GB ram, windows 7 pro), and my PS3 connected to it. The PS3 and my PC (pentium 4) are connected to the router via cat6 cables. My brother's PC(core2duo) is connected to the router via a cat5 cable. Both Ethernet cards have up to date drivers, and I updated the firmware of the router.

The first thing I tried was to try to stream the .wtv files from my brothers PC. This worked flawlessly.
Next I ran Totusoft's LAN Speed test both PC's by selecting a shared folder on the opposite PC. Here were the results:
Running on my PC selecting a shared folder on the my brother's PC: Write 81mbps, Read 83mbps
Running on my brother's PC selecting a shared folder on my PC: Write 130mbps, Read 160mbps

This would seem to narrow my problem down to my PC
After taking a closer look at my PC, I noticed under the Networking tab of the task manager, my network utilization never goes above 11%.
What could be causing this? All possibilities I found from a quick Google search all dead ended. One weird thing I noticed is that in the resource meter under system tools (on my PC), the scale for the network graph only goes from 0 to 10Kbps.


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25 Jan 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kwalls007 View Post
I just purchased a Linksys E2000 the other day. I've been trying to stream recorded HD TV programs (.wtv files) from my desktop PC to my PS3 (via CAT6 cables) and have been unsuccessful so far. So i decided to try to troubleshoot the problem.
Here is a brief explanation of my network. I have the above mentioned router with my PC (Pentium 4 3.2Ghz with HT, 7200 rpm hard drive, 2GB ram, windows 7 pro) , my brother's PC (Core2Duo, 7200 rpm hard drive, 4GB ram, windows 7 pro), and my PS3 connected to it. The PS3 and my PC (pentium 4) are connected to the router via cat6 cables. My brother's PC(core2duo) is connected to the router via a cat5 cable. Both Ethernet cards have up to date drivers, and I updated the firmware of the router.

The first thing I tried was to try to stream the .wtv files from my brothers PC. This worked flawlessly.
Next I ran Totusoft's LAN Speed test both PC's by selecting a shared folder on the opposite PC. Here were the results:
Running on my PC selecting a shared folder on the my brother's PC: Write 81mbps, Read 83mbps
Running on my brother's PC selecting a shared folder on my PC: Write 130mbps, Read 160mbps

This would seem to narrow my problem down to my PC
After taking a closer look at my PC, I noticed under the Networking tab of the task manager, my network utilization never goes above 11%.
What could be causing this? All possibilities I found from a quick Google search all dead ended. One weird thing I noticed is that in the resource meter under system tools (on my PC), the scale for the network graph only goes from 0 to 10Kbps.

OK what OS is each running?
Are you running homegroup for networking?
Can you go to start>search>cmd>ipconfig /all (upload a screenshot of the output)


Ken J
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25 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x32
 
 

Running Windows 7 Pro 32 Bit on my PC. My brother's PC Is running Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit.
I'm not running homegroup for networking. Strictly just sharing the files on the network.

Attached is the screen shot you asked for.

Thanks!


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25 Jan 2011   #4

windows 7 enterprise 32bit
 
 

is it at all possible to do a swap of the cable with your brother? so your computer is connected using CAT5 and his is CAT6 then rerun the throughput test.
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25 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x32
 
 

I can't swap the cables, or computers. But Since my brother's is a laptop, I could hook his to the router via the cat6 that goes to the PS3. The only reasons I havent bothered with this yet are
A) My brother gets annoyed when I have to borrow his computer
B) I figured if the cable were the problem I'd see speed issues on both computers.

BTW, streaming HD content to the PS3 works fine from my brothers PC when he is wired to the network or connected via the wireless.

I'll go ahead and check it on the CAT6 though so we can rule that possibility out. I'll post back with the results later tonight.
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26 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro x32
 
 

Sorry for the delay in replying. I ran out of time to do it last night. After plugging my brothers PC into the cat6 cable I realized that the ethernet card on his PC is not gigabit... His link speed stayed at 100mbps... So I ran the test anyways. Here are the results:

Running on my PC selecting a shared folder on the my brother's PC: Write 90mbps, Read 90mbps
Running on my brother's PC selecting a shared folder on my PC: Write 170mbps, Read 135mbps

Anyone have an explanation as to why the test resulting in speeds faster than his link speed? Something seems strange here...Also, notice that his speeds swapped from what they were on the cat5. Before, his write speed was 130mbps and his read speed was 160mbps.

Any new ideas or input?

Thanks,
Keith
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