I am not satisfied with the performance of my Peer-to-Peer network. I find moving files from one computer to another (backups) are horribly slow. When I am using the Internet I find the transmission to be quite fast.
I read a few threads and discovered that replacing the hub with a switch can improve performance. The price of a switch does not make that a problem to do. I plan on replacing my Linksys 8-port workgroup hub with a Linksys 16-port 10/100 Mbps Switch (EZXS16W v2) on Monday.
The truth is I still don’t know how much that is going to help. I found several web sites that showed me how to setup a home network. None of them talked about improving or analyzing Peer-to-Peer network performance.
Hardware/software I am currently using:
Windows 2000 SP4 on all machines. I check for viruses and defrag the HDs regularly. Using Linksys 8-port workgroup hub (EFAH08W v2) & Linksys Router (BEFSR41 V.2).
I know that my router has a 4-Port switch. I have several machines and can’t fit them all on the back of the router. This is why I wish to replace the hub and get a Linksys 16-port 10/100 Mbps Switch (EZXS16W v2) on Monday.
Any suggestions, comments or websites you can pass along that would help me better understand the situation would be greatly appreciated!