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I am transferring files from my Wireless-N enabled laptop to a desktop connected directly to the same router (and network) a the laptop. I setup a shared folder on the laptop that my desktop can access. Router is also Wireless N.

While pulling files, I am frequently getting speeds of about 2.5MB/s. This seems rather slow... does this sound right? Should it be faster? Or is this what I should be expecting? Any ideas on how to make it faster?
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if both computers have ethernet ports, just buy an ethernet cable and hook them up directly.

2.5 mb a second seems normal for wireless transfer.
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if both computers have ethernet ports, just buy an ethernet cable and hook them up directly.

2.5 mb a second seems normal for wireless transfer.
Ah, didn't know if that was normal for wireless. When hooked up directly to the router, do you have an idea of what sort of speeds I should be seeing?

Not sure if I have an extra ethernet cable, so I am trying to see if it will justify the hassle of going out to get a new one.
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with cable, the transfer speed should be as fast as mechanical hard drives can write, so i imagine 50-60 mb/s at least, maybe a little more
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2.5 is slow even for wireless. I get roughly 13 from net book to netbook.

So yea that's kinda slow
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Well if your router is Wireless-N at 300Mbps, you should max out at 37MB/s if everything is perfect.

However, lots of things can affect file transfer: fragmented files, hard drive speed, amount of files etc etc.

I see you are transferring a decent amount of smallish? files. Those usually will transfer slower than 1 large file as the OS and hard drive have to read and write each individual file.

I always find wireless slow and use a cable whenever possible. If you were to connect them via ethernet cable and assuming both are Gigabit, you should be transfer much faster.
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