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Windows 7: I need help optimizing my LAN

07 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
I need help optimizing my LAN

I have a HTPC that I often transfer large files to. I've worked hard on making sure I have all the equipment to have a fast LAN, but for some reason Windows 7 is slowing it down. I've tried following directions all over the net and haven't had any luck. I'll post my equipment and the results of my experiments below.

  • Desktop (W7/Ubuntu) - Ethernet 1gbps
  • MacBook Pro (OSX) -Ethernet or Wireless
  • HTPC (W7) - Wireless but can hook up gigabit Ethernet for testing
  • ASUS N56-U Gigabit Router (Latest firmware)
  • All ethernet cables are Cat-5e
  • No other 2.4Ghz equipment nearby.
  • Direct Ethernet from Desktop W7 to HTPC W7 - ~100 MBps
  • Same, but through router, - 3-10 MBps
  • Again through router but Desktop Ubuntu to HTPC W7 - 3-10 MBps
  • Macbook Pro to Ubuntu - 60MBps
This tells me the router is working as transferring back and forth between Ubuntu/OSX works fine. However, when my Windows 7 HTPC gets involved it slows down significantly. ONLY if the router is involved though. Direct ethernet gave me 100 MBps. This makes me think it has to be a setting in Windows 7. I've spent dozens of hours trying to figure this out myself, but can not figure out anything.

For the record, I am aware of differences in bits/bytes and they are correctly labeled in this post.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

I ran another experiment: Windows 7 to Macbook also gets 60MBps. So Sending isn't the issue, just recieving on the HTPC
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