Faster remote browsing?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rylin, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. rylin macrumors 6502

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    Hey,
    having "switched" (ugh, don't you just hate the word? :p) little less than a year ago, I'm almost as happy as can be.
    I say almost, because there are a few really nagging annoyances.

    Network-browsing (via SMB/CIFS for instance) is painfully slow.
    What used to take 2 - 3 seconds at most in Windows to display a remote folder with 300+ items in it now takes 10 - 20 seconds (let's not even mention doing a search based on filenames against remote shares..).

    Note that this is being done between a iMac with a 100/10Mbps connection and a datacenter, where our machines are connected at 1Gbps.
    Speeds aren't that much better between the datacenter and the office (with a gigabit pipe connecting them. . .).

    In other words, something is remarkably worthless when it comes to either the CIFS/SMB implementation in OSX, or it's done remarkably well in Windows.

    I've tried with and without the VPN (PPTP) client in OSX - the VPN is not the bottleneck.
    I've tested throughput between the locations, and the slowest (home <-> datacenter) reaches roughly 9Mbps down, 20 - 30 Mbps up.
    Actual latency isn't bad either, hovering between 1 - 4ms.

    With that little bit of background, I'm trying to find a remote filesystem protocol that works *well* under OSX, the major caveat being that it has to work as a service under Windows Server 2003.

    Suggestions, ideas, anything would be greatly appreciated! :)

    Cheers,
    / r
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

    psychofreak

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    London
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    Networking is a grande problemo in 10.4, hopefully 10.5 will get this right...
     

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