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I don't know much about networking, and I'm trying to figure out why I get slow file transfers over my homegroup.

My setup is like this:

PC connected to Belkin Share max N300 with DD-WRT as a router.

The PC that I'm trying to transfer a file to is connected to a DD-WRT Linksys WRT54g acting as a repeater to the Belkin.

I'm getting transfers of 500 - 700KB/sec

Is the 802.11g linksys router a bottleneck? Would replacing it with another 802.11n router see improvement in speeds? It's too slow to watch video files.

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by GYBE View Post

I don't know much about networking, and I'm trying to figure out why I get slow file transfers over my homegroup.

My setup is like this:

PC connected to Belkin Share max N300 with DD-WRT as a router.

The PC that I'm trying to transfer a file to is connected to a DD-WRT Linksys WRT54g acting as a repeater to the Belkin.

I'm getting transfers of 500 - 700KB/sec

Is the 802.11g linksys router a bottleneck? Would replacing it with another 802.11n router see improvement in speeds? It's too slow to watch video files.

Thanks.

Yes wireless is the cause of your slowness. The fact you are using a repeater makes it worse as it halves the effective bandwidth. Wireless N would see some improvement - it may be fast enough to watch video files, but wireless will still be slow for file copies. Also, get rid of the repeater and buy a stronger access point if signal strength is your problem smile.gif
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yes I was getting weak signal from my netgear 3300 wireless router so I did some searching and found a good wireless router. the d-link dir-655, im getting at lease 4 bars through the whole house. newegg is got refurbs for $45.
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yes I was getting weak signal from my netgear 3300 wireless router so I did some searching and found a good wireless router. the d-link dir-655, im getting at lease 4 bars through the whole house. newegg is got refurbs for $45.

Not the best router in this day and age. Very low spec for the performance it offers in Routing.

To OP: That's the downfall of Wireless, especially when you have other clients, and other AP's in the area they all use Carrier Sense Media Access / Collision Avoidance.

In plain english since only one person can talk at a time on the spectrum it is also at the fate of other devices.

Powerline maybe a good option?
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You're going through a repeater, so your wireless performance is already less than halved, as previously stated.

An N router (with N spec NICs) would give you some more bandwidth and range. If you removed that repeater you should get additional performance. I'd suggest something in the 5 GHz range since it's typically less populated with other noisy traffic.
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