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  • I revived some older hardware for the beta program and it has been stable and working well for my needs. I see many people are using fairly high powered hardware for their server but for basic file sharing and backup for 2 users my old dusty parts seem to be up to the task.

    The server consists of a 1.2ghz Celeron on a Soyo 7VBA133U board with 512Mb ram.

    The main system drive is a 40GB UDMA5 Maxtor drive, and then I added 2 250GB WD SATA drives (dirt cheap!) via Siig raid controller after the install. The controller only supports SATA 1.5.

    The lan nics for the server and main desktop machine  are DLink DGE530T gigabit adapters connected via DLink DGS1005D switch. By the way this switch is supposed to support jumbo frames, but actually my version apparently does not after experimentation.

    Both server and main desktop are multi-homed in an frutile effort to improve network speed. No gateway is specified for either gigabit adapter.

    The WAN nics are basic 10/100 cards.

    Two other machines are connected via 54Mbs wireless links through a Netgear WGT300N router. One is an old HP desktop tucked away in a downstairs spare bedroom and the other is an HP notebook.

    All machines are running XP home and all have backed up on schedule without error for the past 2 weeks.

    I am currently using about 300GB of harddrive space for the backups.

    iPerf is running on the WHS. From the main desktop I can only manage about 210 Mbs via large .zip file transfer requesting a 256k window. I realize my older server hardware influences this but I'd like some feedback on real world home network speeds.

    The desktop is an AMD 64 x2 4200 with 1 GB ram.

     

    Mark Andereck

    edit: I tried to move the post to the thread already running but the forum software is too smart for that!

     

     

     

     

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:47 AM

Answers

  • I have never run iperf before, but here goes

    on the WHS I ran iperf -s , then allowed a firewall exclusion when prompted to.

    on my client (Vista Ultimate 32 with autotune disabled)

    I ran iperf -c server, and the result is

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Client connecting to server, TCP port 5001
    TCP window size: 8.00 KByte (default)
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    [288] local 192.168.100.25 port 49324 connected with 192.168.100.20 port 5001
    [ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
    [288]  0.0-10.0 sec   276 MBytes   231 Mbits/sec

    I ran it again with the larger window you tried and I got this

    iperf -c server -w 262144
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Client connecting to server, TCP port 5001
    TCP window size:  256 KByte
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    [288] local 192.168.100.25 port 49348 connected with 192.168.100.20 port 5001
    [ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
    [288]  0.0-10.0 sec   935 MBytes   783 Mbits/sec

     

    Does this help you?  If you want me to do another test, just let me know.

    PS my WHS server is a p4 3.06 / 533 with 1GB RDRAM and an intel 1000MT PCI Desktop NIC

    and my workstation a Core 2 dual running of a PCI-E GBit Marvel Yukon NIC

    The switches I have are a dlink dgl4300 router and a Dlink DGS-1008D Gbit 8 port

     

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 2:13 AM

All replies

  • I have never run iperf before, but here goes

    on the WHS I ran iperf -s , then allowed a firewall exclusion when prompted to.

    on my client (Vista Ultimate 32 with autotune disabled)

    I ran iperf -c server, and the result is

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Client connecting to server, TCP port 5001
    TCP window size: 8.00 KByte (default)
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    [288] local 192.168.100.25 port 49324 connected with 192.168.100.20 port 5001
    [ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
    [288]  0.0-10.0 sec   276 MBytes   231 Mbits/sec

    I ran it again with the larger window you tried and I got this

    iperf -c server -w 262144
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Client connecting to server, TCP port 5001
    TCP window size:  256 KByte
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    [288] local 192.168.100.25 port 49348 connected with 192.168.100.20 port 5001
    [ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
    [288]  0.0-10.0 sec   935 MBytes   783 Mbits/sec

     

    Does this help you?  If you want me to do another test, just let me know.

    PS my WHS server is a p4 3.06 / 533 with 1GB RDRAM and an intel 1000MT PCI Desktop NIC

    and my workstation a Core 2 dual running of a PCI-E GBit Marvel Yukon NIC

    The switches I have are a dlink dgl4300 router and a Dlink DGS-1008D Gbit 8 port

     

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 2:13 AM
  • Thanks Mervin, it does help. My hardware is surely a bottleneck, but I was expecting a bit better. I also turned off QoS on both machines which really made no difference. Both machines are set to autonegotiate but should be able to run full duplex. I have Cat5e on one and Cat6 on the other.

    I understand the Intel nic you're running is an excellent card. The retailers here don't stock them. I suppose I'm seeing all that my hardware can support.

     

    Thanks again for your input.

    Mark

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 2:33 AM