Alright! I just set up a basic FreeNAS box from old parts laying around my house. Setup was easy, and I am using it for data backup/share and a Time Machine for both of my macs.
I just have a few questions in regards to performance.
Specs are as follows:
AMD Phenom II X4 B50 | ASUS M4N98TD EVO (NFORCE 980a) | 4GB of ram | WD Blue 60GB HDD (OS Drive) | WD Red 3TB (Data)
Currently just one drive, I plan to get more when I get the coin. I have 2 different backups plus this so I'm not concerned about redundancy at the moment. I plan to consolidate in the near future and make the NAS my main backup.
Networking hardware: (I know its basic, its all I can afford now. I'm a college student. )
Linksys E1000 Router | Motorola Modem | AT&T 3 mb/s | both computers are wired and right next to each other.
1. When transferring data from Windows using CIFS, I get horrible transfer rates. Is there something I forgot to enable? Suggestions on what to check please.
2. Time machine backups are slow. It took an hour to backup a fresh install (11gb) of data. Is that common? Are official time capsules that slow or is it my server?
Thanks in advance!
Best Answer +BudMan , 11 August 2014 - 20:20
your router/switch on the E1000 only has 10/100 connection. So your going to be limited to lets say 95mbps max (100) - you never actually see full wire speeds.
If you actually mean 10-11MBps then your about right at the max you can expect to see B is Bytes, b is bits..
1MB is a bit slow - but what are you moving lots of smaller files are few large ones?
freenas has iperf built in.. I would suggest you do some testing with this.
Speeds from this would give you max speed you could expect over the wire, not counting disk read/write speeds or overheads of the protocols being used. Here is the thing at 100mbps connection I don't think your going to notice the different between smb2 or smb3.. Yes smb3 has less overhead than 2, but your current bottle neck is your 100mbps connection.
You can buy a gig switch for peanuts these days.. Something like this should give you a drastic boost in your speed.
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Both have lots of reviews at 5 stars.. Connect it to your router port, then connect your devices to the gig switch and now what is your read write speeds. I see that MB you list ASUS M4N98TD EVO has gig nic, but do your windows and os x hardware have gig interfaces.. I would assume yes unless its some really budget or old hardware.
Here is iperf when connected at gig
Here hard coded it down to 100 -- moving files at this speed would be like watching paint dry.
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