Help! Slooooow Networking!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Chaszmyr, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I got a powerbook the other day. Now I'm trying to share files between my powerbook and my desktop mac. I have a cable modem for my internet connection and both computes are hooked up through a standard hub.

    Now the problem is... I can upload files to people online via AIM atleast as fast (i think actually quite a bit faster) than i can share files between my two macs

    Any ideas?
  2. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    what kind of hub is it 10, 10/100, 10/100/1000?

  3. superfunkomatic macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    calgary, ab canada
    if it's a cheaper 10baseT hub it may be quite slow. i've had an old hub between two macs before with speeds around 10k/s, once i hooked everything up to a router at 100baseT things move really quick (hundreds of K/s).

    hubs also allow data to "collide" back and forth while the machines talk, routers allow the data to pass back and forth smoothly between machines with less conflict. may be worth a try in your situation.
  4. Chaszmyr thread starter macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002

    It is a 10baseT hub.. It was actually rather expensive when it was purchased 4 years or so ago, but now its a $20 hub... Guess thats probably the problem
  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC

    10Mbps = 1.25MBps

    Granted that is the ideal, in theory...but even if you saw half of that speed you are talking about 600 KB/s, most definitely NOT 10!

    Make sure if you buy a faster hub that your clients are equipped with faster LAN cards, since a hub is only as fast as the slowest client connected. A switched hub is a different story, though.

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