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Network troubles with Netgear DG834G

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Hello there,

This is the setup at the moment:

I have 2 towers connected via cat5 to my router, and 2 laptops that connect via wifi. One tower runs x86 Windows XP Pro, the other runs 64bit Windows XP Pro, laptop 1 runs Vista (with Remote Diff Compression on) and laptop 2 runs Windows 7 (with Remote Diff Compression off)/Ubuntu 9.04. Attached to the network via wifi there is also an Epson B40W, and attached via cat5 there is a tower running Ubuntu 8.04 server, serving several websites over a static IP provided by my ISP.

Both the non-server towers have 10/100mgbit cards in them, and the laptops are new this year, so connect at 54mbps. The router has a WEP key (would be WPA, but due to other people coming round with older laptops, WPA is not an option)

My problem is this:

Basically, network transfer speeds are terrible. I often have to transfer files between laptop2 (Windows 7/Ubuntu) and the tower running 64bit windows, getting an average speed of about 200k/s. Another situation I've noticed incredibly slow transfer is printing anything over the network to the printer, it can take hours just to print a small text document.

Does anyone know what's going on? I know my router isn't exactly top of the range, but I expected it to cope with file transfer a bit better than that!

Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated

Many thanks
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Hello Dan, and welcome to Geeks To Go. After reviewing your thread it appears as though you are having slow transfer speeds from your Vista and Windows 7 laptops. In my experience in working with Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 I have noticed that the new autotuning feature Microsoft has enabled appears to cause problems such as this.

Please refer to this Vista Autotuning page regarding how to disable/enable this.

Let me know if this helps.

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