So I have my old pc setup as a media box over wifi (dlink 601 wireless n router), mapped a drive to my laptop and access via teamviewer. While trying to transfer some photos to my laptop (around 15gb) the max speeds I get are around 1mb per second. Copying in between different HDs in the same computer is fast (around 90mb per second) So i know it's not the HD. Here's an example:
Best Answer +BudMan , 30 April 2014 - 14:59
Well if your wireless to wireless no matter what the available shared your going to see /2
Lets look as say a 150N connection - this is RAW total bandwidth in Mbits.. So your /2 off the bat to be honest with what the makers report as bandwidth. And that would be if your using 40mhz -- you could see say 70-80Mbps, more like 40-50Mbps with 20mhz.. So lets say your seeing just a screaming connection at 75Mbps (my /2 example) Now /8 for mb to MB your at say 9MBps now if wireless to wireless do another /2 so your at about 4 to 4.5 MAX!!! If everything running perfect.
You say you saw about 3.4MBps peak which puts you right in the ball park for wireless to wireless on 150N using 20mhz.
If one side is wired, you could get rid of that 2nd /2 and see say 9Mbps.. Still your going to be watching paint dry trying to move GB of files.. Wire is the solution if you ask me. With a good gig connection you can see 70+MBps.. Even with crappy setup 30+MBps should be norm for a gig wired connection.
Don't forget your doing lots of smaller files it seems in your xfer vs just 1 big file, so that hits your performance as well.
Wireless is great for surfing, checking your email - moving large files around, not so much. Until such time that 802.11ad -- next step after AC will you see decent wireless speeds if you ask me. Even AC does not compare to a wired gig network. Go to the full post