Speed tweaks for network?

Posted on 2007-10-12
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I have a client with 3 computers and a network printer that I networked all together.  One computer (the most powerful one) serves as a computer and server.  The other two run a specific Salon program which originates on the computer/server.   Everything runs through a network switch through ethernet Cat5 cables, no gigabit network.   Everything is running fine, BUT are there any tweaks that I can do on these computers that would speed up the network? Not the internet, that's fine, but specifically the network.
Question by:ArtG2521
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    Very few in this configuration. Make sure you have a switch in place instead of a hub (which you probably do, since there are very few hubs on shelves these days). Make sure you have spyware/adware/antivirus  protection on the PCs to prevent a piece of crapware hogging resources.

    If you are going to upgrade at any point, make upgrades to the computer acting as a server - you'll get more bang for your buck.

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    Upgrades were already done on all 3 computers.
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    Is the Switch 100 Mpbs ?

    Are the computers all set to auto or 100 Mpbs ?

    Make sure that the server is not having any resource issues 9 Task manager - performance ) or perfmon.

    I hope this helps !

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    if they're all windows machines there are some windows networking changes you can make. Google for them -,GGLJ:2006-18,GGLJ:en&q=windows+network+tweaks and you'll find mostly changes to the registry that can improve he TCP/IP stack performance. This'll help you a little but if it's all working fine, you probably don't need to go through the headache of it. As SysExperts notes your other bottleneck is going to be the server computer. Make sure you have enough memory (RAM) on the server as that's a common resource issue.

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    Plenty of RAM on the server/computer.  SysExpert, I'm not understanding some things you said.  I will check for the switch at 100Mpbs, I beleive it is.  Explain though the computers set at auto or 100 Mpbs? and 9 Task manager - performance ) or perfmon?

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    Check how the Nics are set up speed wise. Are thay set to auto- negotiate, or set to 10 Mbps full duplex ?

    (Task manager - performance Tab ) or perfmon, both can show you performance issues for RAM, and other resources.

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