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Slow Network/Internet - Small LAN Environment

Dear EE members,

I have setup a small network for a small office. There are 2 pcs - win2k SP2 and 98 SE. Both can share
network folders. 98SE can share the printer in the Win2K pc via workgroup. One Linksys wireless router connect to an ADSL modem for internet connection. While this linksys wireless router also connect to the two pcs for LAN resource sharing via RJ45 cables. There is no server involved in this small office. The owner planned to utilise the network resource between 2 - 5 users in workgroup basis.

Some slow network performance issues raised up:
1. It takes 5 seconds to print out a hardcopy from the printer shared, although the printer is sit next to the
    PC.
2. Win 2K surf net is slower compare to Win 98 SE. It takes about 5 seconds to surf a common website.
3. The maximum internet speed is 1Mbps as told by the ISP. It shares by two pcs. But it looks like the download speed is about quarter of 1Mbps all the time.
4. If I use a laptop to connect to internet via Wireless router. Although it is short physical distance, the connection is not stable - internet connection cut down sometime.

Any hints to resolve or troubleshoot these problem. Please advice.

Thanks.

Regards,
Peter
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Hi,

You can analyze your network for broadcasts and other issues using Industry standard Wireshark:

www.wireshark.org
First what speed are the computers connected to the network ?

you say you have a 1mb link but this will be to the internet.. how fast is the connection between the PC's ??

Second although you have a max of 1mb to the internet it is often very hard to uterlise all of this connection. rember you are shaing bandwith with all the users on your street/isp so even though the link my do 1mb in a perfect situation it is actuly quite unlickly you will ever see this. youcan try looking for a broand band speed test on line and running this as this should give you a better idea of your speed. however you will still not get 100% like this
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DevilWAH,
How to trace the speed of the connection between the PC's in LAN environment?
Is this show as my attachment?


LANSpeed.JPG
trouble is that only shows how fast your connection is to the switch/router  your PC is connected to..


i would fist go in to your net work settings and force the link to be 100/full

if you are using wireless on a laptop diable the lan card. this can improve proformance


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No DNS Server in LAN, the owner use the ISP DNS.
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Dear all,
The small office 's network architecture is described as below:

ADSL Modem ----------------LinkSys Router-------------PC1 ---------- Printer
                                                                    |
                                                                    -------------PC2  
Which DNS setting takes priority in the above case?
Let said we set DNS1 in PC1 and we set DNS2 in Router? Is DNS2 override DNS1? How to trace?
We cannot by pass LinkSys Router, since you need to connect to Internet or LAN Resource via this
router.

Correct me if I am wrong.
Thanks.

Regards,
Peter

DevilWAH,
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"i would fist go in to your net work settings and force the link to be 100/full"

How to enforce the link to 100/full?  Could you please show me the steps? Any drawback to the network performance?

Regards,
Peter


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