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I was having a mini LAN party with my friends today and we were sharing large patch/updates. At first I tried transferring it over a Ethernet cable, but it was taking a long time. However, when I copied and pasted the same file onto my USB 2.0 flash drive it copied over in about half the time Ethernet was taking.

This has always been the case no matter who's computer it is. So why is Ethernet so much slower than USB 2.0? I thought it was the 'fastest' direct interface?

As a side question then, to transfer large files from PC to PC, what is the quickest way to do it? And why don't they make a USB 3.0 bridge cable? They have one for USB 2.0.
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Sounds like you had a/multiple link/s at 100 mbit. This usually gives you ~12 MB/sec, which most flash drives can exceed.

If you have every point at gigabit between fast storage you should easily see over 100 MB/sec.
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Excuse my ignorance, but how exactly do I ensure a gigabit connection at all points? My motherboard is apparently equipped with PCIE "10/100/1000Mb/s" LAN, and I cannot be sure but I assume my friends' are as well seeing that their motherboards are quite new.
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Excuse my ignorance, but how exactly do I ensure a gigabit connection at all points? My motherboard is apparently equipped with PCIE "10/100/1000Mb/s" LAN, and I cannot be sure but I assume my friends' are as well seeing that their motherboards are quite new.

I think what Beers is referring to at all points is making sure your router or switches are gig interfaces. You can always just plug an Ethernet cable directly into your friends PC and most nics are auto sensing.

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post #5 of 7
If you go under connection status for your network adapter in Control Panel, it will tell you the link sync speed.

You may have a gigabit capable NIC, but everything along the data path must also support that speed. This includes cabling for each segment (at least Cat5E), routing equipment (if you are using a 10/100 switch you will never exceed 100 mbit), and all NICs. In one example, you could have gigabit NICs and a gigabit switch, but only negotiate at 100 mbit by using standard Cat5 cables. Or, if one guy has a sync to 100 mbit but you are operating at gigabit, you can only go the max capacity of their link speed when communicating with them specifically.

Also, +1 for the back-to-back thought. Auto MDI/MDIX means you don't need a crossover cable when directly connecting two PCs with one cable.
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I'm trying my best to understand all the terms, I'm far from an IT networking guy.

So if I get this right, if you're only connecting two PCs without a switch--just PC to PC with a single Cat5E cable, and both PC NIC's are 10/100/1000 capable, the transfer speeds should be around the 100 MB/s discussed earlier?

And if you're networking multiple PCs, to get fast transfer speeds the switch needs to support 1gbit along with all the NIC's using Cat5E cables? If one of these variables is not present, than it will default to next fastest speed?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EliteGamer83 View Post

I'm trying my best to understand all the terms, I'm far from an IT networking guy.

So if I get this right, if you're only connecting two PCs without a switch--just PC to PC with a single Cat5E cable, and both PC NIC's are 10/100/1000 capable, the transfer speeds should be around the 100 MB/s discussed earlier?

And if you're networking multiple PCs, to get fast transfer speeds the switch needs to support 1gbit along with all the NIC's using Cat5E cables? If one of these variables is not present, than it will default to next fastest speed?
Basically yes. If you have a gigabit NIC but a 100Mb switch, it will drop to 100Mb speed because of the switch.
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