I have an environment here which has a lot of old 100mbps switches. However, I have purchased a new Cisco layer 2 Gigabit switch that is also linked to the 100mbps switches.
I've connected a PC over to the new switch, along with our new file server to this new switch. We also have a Watchguard firewall, connected to this new switch and it is the default gateway set on all of the PC's and servers.
When I transfer a file across of around 1.4gb from the PC to the new file server, it takes around 7-8mins on average.
My question is, would it make a difference in speeds if the default gateway was instead the switch rather than the firewall? Do files get transferred by hitting the gateway and then to their destination even though it's internal?