I have Windows XP (can't stand Vista) on two PCs and a laptop. They are all fast machines and all up to date. They have no malware, viruses, or adware. I'm 100% sure of this. Two of these systems have Gigabit LAN cards all using static IPs. My router is a D-Link DIR 655. It's a gigabit draft N router. First off, draft N does not run any faster than G. At least not with any of my XP systems. I set up two systems and my network to give me an accurate speed of transfer. The fastest speed reported was 10mbps. Now this is a transfer through a full gigabit network with no other traffic. I get better transfer through firewire and USB2.0.
Now I've tried all kinds of fixes I've seen over the Internet. This makes me quite angry. My network is so high speed and there is no reason for it being this slow. I even tried connecting two systems through a 100mb switch. I still only had around 10mbps transfer speed. If anyone knows anything to fix this problem I would be so happy. I feel like running a network via firewire around my house. I don't have any other OS to test with so I can't be sure, but it's really annoying when trying to stream HD video from one system to another or move large files.