Speed Up: NAS Wireless transfers

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  1. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hi Guys.

    I have a GoFlex Home 3TB NAS that i bought yesterday.

    I wanted to use it for wireless backup of the 2 macbook pros and windows desktop that we have. the wireless backup speed is atrocious. i am talking 4mb read 3mb write.

    At that speed to do a time machine backup of my current data on my macbook pro would take 330,000/3= 110,000 seconds or 30.5 hours, which is obviously useless.

    Can anybody shed some light on their wireless NAS transfer speeds? And perhaps some ways to improve it?

    Thank you :)
  2. mneblett macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2008
    Three questions, first:

    1. What wireless router connection: 802.11n? 802.11ac? 802.11g?

    2. Which MacBook Pro? (i.e., which airport card -- n? ac?

    3. 4 megabits (Mb/s) or 4 megaBytes (MB/s, which would be 32 megabits/s)?
  3. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Do the initial backup while wired, then perform incremental backups wirelessly.

    I know it's a pain. I"m in the same boat. Backing up wirelessly from scratch is painfully slow.
  4. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    Yeah, just do the full backup over ethernet. After that the deltas should be fine over Wi-Fi.
  5. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    router is in n mode.

    rMBP 15' 2013

    4MB/s :)
  6. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    What router do you have? An ac router might help. I have around 20MB/s with my Time Capsule, if I remember correctly.
  7. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Turn off all other wireless devices.
    Move closer to the router.
    ...and use a cable, all the other wireless devices will hate you for using all the bandwidth anyway...
  8. Barney63 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2014
    Bolton, UK.
    With the rMBP you need an adapter to use ethernet.

  9. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    im using a Seagate GoFlex Home. The network is in N mode
  10. zzz99 macrumors regular

    May 31, 2010
    I hope it is not too late.

    I do get 20-30MB/sec with TC-AC when I transfer a file to Synology d110j NAS.

    As for TM, it might not be that fast because they are in small files, you better do it through ethernet cable for the first time.

    I expect more than just 20-30MB/sec with 867mbps, almost a giga.
  11. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
  12. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    I have a WHS RAID setup that I back up to via wireless AC and get about 30-50MB/s. That's probably the best case scenario over wifi.

    4MB/s is normal for wireless N. Like others have said, backup over Ethernet first.
  13. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    FWIW, I just got a Airport Time Capsule did some tests copying 8gb folder with the finder on my 2013 MacBook Air. I got 30 MB/s reading from the Time Capsule and 28 MB/s writing to it.
  14. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  15. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    second that...

    the WIFI capability is not always the speed impediment for NAS's

    Check this out: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-charts/view

    it may be time to sell that NAS and get yourself a better one... (there are some affordable NAS that will (or almost will) saturate both your WIFI as well as a Gigabit LAN...

    Btw, i don't mean to be rude, but you really should do research before you buy anything....
  16. chrisn123 macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2011
    For non-Time Machine xfers, try mounting the NAS share via SMB (Command-K in Finder and type SMB://NameOfServer/VolumeName).

    Not sure why, but AFP can be much slower than SMB over 802.11ac.
  17. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    for reference, getting 900+ transmit rate on a late 2013 mac pro to an ac extreme

    wireless backup to a synology ds411 slim, I'm lucky to see 20mb, usually 10-15mb is typical, definitely a cpu issue on my nas not the wifi

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