I need to solve a problem for a small company with only two employees. They are using peer to peer file sharing (no network server) between two Windows XP home edition machines and are experiencing slow internal network browsing performance.
Both computers run Windows XP home edition
Computer one shares the C: drive and a few folders
Computer two connects to Computer one’s shared C: drive and folders.
Both Computer 1 AND Computer 2 experience slow network browsing performance. For instance, when trying to open a saved Word document from within Microsoft Word (File…Open) there is a 10-15 second delay before Windows XP lists the files on either the same local computer or remote computer (nothing shared on remote).
Both computers run TCPIP (Netbeui is not installed) and are connected to the Internet via a DSL line. There is no internal server or internal DNS servers. I have tried using local hosts files on each computer as follows but this had no effect on network performance:
I assume Netbios and File and Printer Sharing is working correctly, however; network browsing is just horrible slow. The 10-15 second delay is in effect every time you browse or try to save a file on the local or remote computer.
Gateway on both machines goes to an internal DSL modem
Both DNS go to Internet Service Provider DNS servers
The company is open to purchasing a cheap server solution. Would a cheap NAS server have the same issues as this Microsoft File and Printer Sharing?