I installed a windows 2003 network a while ago for my sister, but the internet and file access has been slow.
We have a P4 2.8 server with 1024 ram etc
We are using Windows 2003
We have a KVM switch so the server and pc3 are sharing monitor, mouse and keyboard.
We use LAN602 software (free 5 user version) for settings up internet, e-mail & sharing settings.
CPU usage on server is about 2% most the time, we did have a 60% issue but that was proxy settings and we sorted it out
We only have 3 pc's and 1 laptop connected at the moment although we plug the laptop in and out so there are only 3 fixed workstations.
We use a 8 port d-link switch to connect all pcs together, a d-link printer server for 1 * laser printer and the kvm switch is d-link.
All 3 pc's were on windows 2000 pro.
The BT boradband is plugged into USB on server and shared from there.
All pcs are slow to login and files open very slow and the internet you can click to open and IE6 will think for up to 2 minutes then suddenly the page I wanted opens often fairly quick or it just operates very slow.
We tried changing to Windows XP pro last night on PC2 and although it took about 5-8 minutes to login, once it was logged in the documents from off the server were loading pretty fast and the Internet seems slightly better but still lagging
We have tried changing the switch for another one and we have checked all cables and swapped cables. all pcs are within 5 metres of the server.
There is only one thing we have not tried
A ROUTER. Does anyone else have any ideas or do they agree? and where and what router is best tp buy I am based in the UK near a pc world, maplin, etc and willing to pay for one on the internet.