Running off Server/Network = Slower?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by illegalprelude, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. illegalprelude macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    So a little question. Im planning on turning my PowerMac G5 into a server where I will store a majority of my files, like my iTunes Library and my iPhoto and documents. This will happen once I get a new Mac Pro. My hopes is that the PMG5 is then where all the data is stored so my MP, MB, Pcs and PS3, AppleTV, Etc can all pull their files from one place.

    So in terms of how that will work, I have it all figured out.

    However, im curious, for example, if im on my MacBook or my MacPro and accessing something like iPhoto or even iTunes, are things going to be slower because now that iPhoto (on the MacPro for example) is actually accessing the library that exists on the PMG5.

    A little info on my network. All Macs and PC's are going to be running on Gigabit Ethernet, wireless units are all running on N. The router will be the new Airport Express Base Station. That unit will be downstairs, a Cat6 goes up to my bedroom into a Netgear Gigabit Ethernet Switch, where the Mac Pro, PMG5 and my PC sit. Then, my 2 other PC's and my MacBook are all running on N.

    So yea...will things be slower? or not really.
    If anymore information is needed about my network, feel free to ask :)
  2. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    Things will be slower. Potentially much slower.
  3. myjay610 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2008
    Sure, things will be much slower in comparison to the speed of any computer doing HDD read/writes. But over gigabit you should no problem streaming video/audio/etc.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    If gigabit ethernet, slightly slower but not too much.

    If wireless much slower.

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