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Windows 7: Win7 to Win7 slow network transfers


22 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Win7 to Win7 slow network transfers

Hi

I have tried searching the forums and tried all possible solutions but none of them seem to work.

My setup is as follows:

"Server":
Windows 7 Professional x86
Connected to Draytek 2820n MIMO router with Gigabit Cat6 cable (Win reports 1Gbps)

(brand new) Laptop:
Windows 7 Professional x64
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300
Connected to the same router wirelessly 802.11n (Win reports 300-450mbps)

Router:
WPA2 AES

I seem to have a problem with server to laptop transfer speeds which look to be capped at approx 3-3.5 MB/s. It seems too low for a 802.11n speed to me!

I feel like I have tried everything:

1. Removed antivirus, disabled windows firewalls on both computers
2. Removed Remote Differential Compression on both computers
3. Disabled autotuning
4. Tested server's HDD with SeaTools
5. Disabled IPv6 on both computers
6. Disabled Large Send Offload in NIC's advanced properties on the server
7. Screenshot from NetCPS is attached below

Any help would be much appreciated!



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22 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

A question if i may, how far away is the laptop from the wifi router?

Distance affects transfer speeds tremendously...

As an example, I've a laptop hooked up via GbE (1Gbps) using CAT-6 cables to a router that is transfering files to another laptop thats using Wireless N @ 150Mbps..

When the laptop on wireless in right on top of the router i get 8 - 10 MB/s speeds, when it's in a room separated by a couple of walls, it drops to as low as 2-3 MB/s..

Physical obstacles and distance from the router are two major factors... Also try to rule out interference from any other 2.4 GHz devices in the vicinity.... Any other wireless networks in the area using the same channel perhaps? If so, try changing the Upper and Control channels to a different number in the router configuration....

Getting 300+ Mbps requires a dual band 2.4GHz channels which may be impinging on the spectrum that other nearby networks are using.... leading to interference and poorer than expected performance...
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22 Dec 2011   #3

 

Double check you have not got bandwidth restrictions set in your Draytek router as they have that functionality, and should it be enabled then it would explain matters...
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22 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi

The laptop is in normally approx. 5m on a straigh line from the router, with one plasterboard wall in between. The signal strenght is shown as excellent 5/5 bars. I have actually just taken the laptop and laid it next to the router. The rate has gone up by only 0.1 MB/s, hence I reckon it must be something else.

I have got a cordless phone next to it, but I turned it off earlier today when testing and it didn't make any difference whatsoever...
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22 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Double check you have not got bandwidth restrictions set in your Draytek router as they have that functionality, and should it be enabled then it would explain matters...
Thanks for this suggestion, have just checked and the Bandwith limit, Sessions limit and QoS are disabled...

I have also got latest firmware on it...If nothing else works I will have to reset to factory settings and see if that helps.
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22 Dec 2011   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrtn View Post
Thanks for this suggestion, have just checked and the Bandwith limit, Sessions limit and QoS are disabled...
Be wary with some Draytek kit as they can bond VLAN's and physical LAN's, but I have not got the manual for yours before me. Some also have several separate physical LAN and WiFi routing, and different settings for each route can apply.
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22 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrtn View Post
Thanks for this suggestion, have just checked and the Bandwith limit, Sessions limit and QoS are disabled...
Be wary with some Draytek kit as they can bond VLAN's and physical LAN's, but I have not got the manual for yours before me. Some also have several separate physical LAN and WiFi routing, and different settings for each route can apply.
OK, you have convinced me. I will go for a factory reset. Will get back in few mins and report
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22 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrtn View Post
Thanks for this suggestion, have just checked and the Bandwith limit, Sessions limit and QoS are disabled...
Be wary with some Draytek kit as they can bond VLAN's and physical LAN's, but I have not got the manual for yours before me. Some also have several separate physical LAN and WiFi routing, and different settings for each route can apply.
Right, I have reset the router to factory settings and can confirm that this is not the router that's a cause of a problem! The transfer was very similiar (a bit lower) on an unsecured network with factory defaults...

It must be something with the server
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22 Dec 2011   #9

 

It was worth looking into the Draytek, whilst they are capable, they are also over-complicated for most users!

I'd take a look at the properties of the WiFi network adapter now.

See that Tx/Rx settings are optimal, if it has green ethernet I would disable it, ensure jumbo packets are set to whatever it's capable of etc.

Another silly point, but check the protocol is correct, B, G, GN, N, etc...
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24 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi

I have got couple "g" devices on a network, however I have tried forcing 802.11n only without effect.

On the laptop I have got the wifi card set up as follows:

802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4 - Auto
802.11n Channel Width for band 5.2 - Auto
802.11n mode - Enabled
Ad Hoc Channel 802.11b/g - 1
Ad Hoc QoS Mode - WMM Enabled
Fat Channel Intolerant - Disabled
Mixed Mode Protection - CTS-to-self Enabled
Preferred Band - 1. No Preference
Roaming Aggresiveness - 3. Medium
Transmit Power - 5. Highest
Wireless Mode - 6. 802.11a/b/g

On the server side:

Device sleep on disconnect - Enabled
Flow Control - Disabled
Interrupt Moderation - Enabled
IP Checksum Offload - RX & TX Enabled
Jumbo Packet - 1514 bytes
Large Send Offload V1 (IPv4) - Enabled
Large Send Offload V2 (IPv4) - Disabled
Large Send Offload V2 (IPv6) - Disabled
Low Power Idle Mode - Enabled
Low Power State Link Speed - Enabled
Network Address - Not present
Priority & VLAN - Priority Enabled
Speed/duplex settings - Auto negotiation
TCP Checksum Offload (IPv4) - RX & TX Enabled
TCP Checksum Offload (IPv6) - RX & TX Enabled
UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4) - RX & TX Enabled
UDP Checksum Offload (IPv6) - RX & TX Enabled
VLAN Id - 1
Wake on Magic Packet - Enabled
Wake on pattern match - Enabled
WakeOnLAN From PowerOff - Enabled
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