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Sometimes I will transfer files from my Windows PC to my Android smartphone using ES File Explorer. This is the only application on Android that I have had successfully access a non-domain Windows File Explorer share. On my windows machine the necessary services are enable to allow this share to work.

Although my Android smartphone has a 72 megabit connection to my WiFi router/switch 802.11n combo device, the file transfer speed from the Windows PC where the files reside to the Android device is only about 400 kBps or equivalent to 3.2 megabit.

ES File Explorer is connecting to my Windows PC via “smb://IP addr/share name.”

I am not a total expert on the configuration of network advanced protocols, but assume the transfer rate performance should be higher. The PC is hardwired to the switch/router using a standard network cable. The Android device is using WiFi.

Windows Firewall is enabled, but turned off for all three configuration points in the advanced MMC area. Windows Defender service is enabled and I am running 8.1 pro 64-bit. Do you think Defender is interfering with the transmit speed by reading each data packet for security purposes during transmission?

That’s pretty much all I can come up with. The Windows machine is configured standard and there are no issues or problems with it. I do remember that when Windows Vista came out the file transfer performance was pretty bad but it had more to do when transferring a large quantity of small files rather than 1-2 big files which is my case, they are video files. So that known issue shouldn’t apply.

I’ve read that Android can configure the cifs/smb via text editor into the configuration command-line files but I don’t know if that is possible on a portable, battery-powered device like a smartphone.

My Windows PC does have a slower CPU it’s a AMD dual-core C-70. It should be sufficient I think. All LAN drivers on the PC are current and the BIOS is running the latest firmware.
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I was able to get up to around 4 mega-bit / second wifi transmit speed by setting some configuration changes on the router, gateway, switch combo box. Making some LAN advanced adapter settings changes on my PC's NIC. Also, I noticed that the configuration paradigm on Windows seems to be around logical area domains.

Internet Options control panel has Internet, Local intranet, Trusted sites. Network and Sharing Center has "profiles" such as Private, Guest or Public and All Networks. Then the Windows Firewall has Profiles: Domain, Private and Public. Leave it to Windows to be super stupid with all of these configuration points. I believe I set some changes here that may have improved transmit speed.

I also believe that WiFi channel auto-modulation is a issue here. I different WAPs have incorrectly configured channels they will all try and borg one another on auto-modulation. I set the gateway's wifi radio to be set to a specific channel and not to auto-modulate. Android has a issue with this.

The overall network stack in Windows has been poor since NT kernel 6 was released.
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