Slow Time Capsule transfer speeds

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  1. cookies! macrumors 6502

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    Hi all, I have the 2TB Time Capsule from 2014, and I have hardwired my 2014 Macbook Pro 15". I'm using an Apple Thunderbolt to ethernet adapter, and then I have a CAT7 cable running to the Time Capsule. I've also tried using a USB 3 to Ethernet adapter. I'm able to get 900MB/s when I download stuff online (I have fiber).

    But I'm copying big files over to the Time Capsule, I only got about 50MB/s, and right now, 30. I checked and there are no processes running, so I'm stumped as to what the issue is. I've exchanged the cable too. Does anyone know what's going on?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    There is nothing wrong and that is about all the network transfer speed you are going to get with a Time Capsule. They are okay for backups, but they are a pretty crummy network file server solution and underpowered.
     
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  4. cookies! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So is it a limitation of the ethernet chip in the Time Capsule, or is it a limitation of a 5200rpm hard drive? Basically, I want to replace it if I can double my transfer speeds.

    It's just weird that I get full gigabit speeds when I'm transferring files over the internet, but I get a fraction of that when I transfer files locally. And it's using the exact same hardware!
     
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Mostly a limitation of the computing capabilities of the Time Capsule. It's basically a mini computer, and it just doesn't have very powerful hardware.

    If you wanted high speed transfers, you unfortunately bought the wrong device.
     
  6. cookies! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh, thanks! That makes sense. It's served it's purpose well in every other regard, but I would like to go ahead and replace it if it can't do gigabit transfers. Do you have a recommendation?

    I'm really not in need of anything fancy. I just need 4TB of usable space in a RAID 1 configuration (so 8TB?), and I'm trying to keep power consumption down as well. It basically just stores files for Plex and acts as a dump for any big files that can't fit on my laptop.

    I'd *like* to still use the Time Capsule for wireless since I get great speeds with that, and Time Machine is always nice to have. So if I don't need to replace it too, I'd rather not.
     
  7. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - I don't use them myself, but Synology's offerings are well-respected.

    The WD My Cloud PR2100 also seems to get good reviews especially for use as a Plex server.
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Sounds like what you want is a dedicated NAS (network attached storage) device. In addition to the Synology brand JT mentioned, take a look at the QNAP line also. Both sites have "configurators" where you can punch in what features you want and get a recommendation. Also look over reviews at Smallnetbuilder. They have a NAS ranking page here where you can select for example RAID1 up top then see how the rating shake out for that class of NAS device.

    I don't use a NAS personally, so can't offer a suggestion.
     

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