Slow Network Problem
Posted on 2001-06-24
I'm having a networking problem. Ever since we got the Cable Modem hooked up, the speed of the network to open a file from my wife's PC (Quantex PII 266 w/64 meg of ram & Windows 98SE) accessing the drives my PC (a Dell PIII 733 w/256 meg of ram & Windows ME) slowed down to a crawl. When I click on the Network icon on the Quantex, it takes 5 seconds or longer for her PC to find the computers on the network, when I click on the Dell computer icon it takes around 5 seconds to get to the drive folders, when I click on the C drive folder, it takes 1 1/2 minutes to view the folders on the C drive, and 40 seconds to open a file. It also takes 2 minutes to spool and print using the network. Before the cable modem was installed it took a second or two to do each of these steps.
Before the Cable Modem the two PC's were linked via a 10/100 Linksys hub and we used Microsoft's Home Networking Wizard to set them up as a network. I could enable the Internet Sharing feature using a dialup modem so we both could be on the net at the same time. Both the Internet Sharing and the Network worked great!! Then we connected to the Cable Modem!
We first had the network configured to use my PC, the Dell, as a server with two Ethernet cards. The first two cards we used were older 10/100 Intel cards. The network was too slow to access my PC from hers so we bought two new cards thinking the Intel cards were too old to work correctly and needed Fast Ethernet cards like the 3Com in the Dell was. The new cards are both Linksys Fast 10/100 Ethernet cards. There is a 3Com network card which came with the Dell hooked to the Modem. The other card made by Linksys was hooked to the hub for the network. In the Quantex PC is an identical Linksys Fast 10/100 Ethernet card hooked to the hub. Both PC's have the latest drivers installed on them for the network cards as I went to the home site of Linksys and downloaded and installed them. No change in speed, but the mouse on the Dell would lock up whenever the Quantex was accessing the Internet.
Because of this, we uninstalled the Internet Sharing feature and the Network Neighborhood, reinstalled both of them on each machine. No change, still too slow to be of any use.
The next thing we did was buy a Netgear RT311 Router and remove the Linksys card from the Dell. Now the modem is connected the router, the hub to the router and each PC is connected to the hub. No difference in the network speed, but the mouse doesn't lockup any more and the Internet connection is fast. I'm using TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, and Netbeui is not installed. Also I'm running Norton Internet Security 3.01 on the Dell and the free ZoneAlarm on the Quantex. Both use Norton AntiVirus 2001. Any ideas to speed the network up??