Sunday, May 8, 2016

Data copy speeds from my NAS to the Desktop PC

Remember I paid a lot of money for a router last month? Was it worth it, or did it only make a large hole in my pocket?

Well, I’ll let the following screenshot answer that question.


This is a screenshot of a file copy dialog of Windows 10, which was taken while copying a ~4GB file from the NAS server to my Desktop PC via 802.11ac. It is copying at 70MBps+ speed. This is a massive improvement over 7MBps odd I was getting with the old router.

The Wi-Fi module in the Desktop PC, which is the onboard Wi-Fi chip that comes with the Z97i Plus motherboard, is rated at only 867Mbps. The router is the Asus DSL-AC68U running, not a recent firmware (not the latest, as I could not find time to update the firmware and test it today, after finding out there was newer firmware out.)

The distance is only about 3m between the antenna on the PC and the router though. But that is OK as I do not have any other powerful device farther than that. Also, the NAS server is connected to the router via Ethernet using two gigabit connections and load balanced using teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2. However, the hard drives in the NAS server are not using RAID to improve performance. So teaming the LAN ports probably does not make any difference.

Anyways, I am quite happy with the performance.

Now only if I could find some Crysis 3 local servers. There used to be local servers, but the popularity of Crysis 3 has gone down so much that almost none of them are operating. Although I was able to find a server with <100ms ping once, with everyone else having 200ms+ ping. I felt like god for a moment.

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