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Ok so my home network consists of more computers than one person should have, but here's how it works:
Main PC: Dual boot XP Pro SP3 and Vista Ultimate SP1
Media Center PC: Vista Ultimate SP1
2 Spare PCs: XP Pro SP3 and [strike]Ubuntu[/strike]borked Mac OS X86
They are all connected to a gigabit switch (aside from the laptop; wireless obviously). The problem I have is that when sending files to my media center PC, regardless of what PC I send from, or if I "pull" the files instead of pushing them, it tops out at about 13 MB/s transfer speed. Now files going from the media center PC to any other tops out at over 30 MB/s. Any of my other PCs can do 20 to 30 MB/s between each other.
I've tried it from every PC (except the laptop) and even my dual boot main PC in both OSes. 13 MB/s is the cap no matter what.
Why does my media center PC only take 13 MB/s for incoming transfers? It's not a hard disk limitation. I have it fully updated with windows updates to fix any file copy issues. Latest network drivers. WTF? Could it be the network cable? I use Cat 5e and Cat 6 for everything.