06-16-2011 09:52 AM
Linksys do you still have an explanation about my slow data transfer speeds to the USB drive connected on the router ?I have not raised a case. What are the ideal speeds for data write to USB connected to E4200 over WiFi ? I get around 1Mbps
06-16-2011 12:53 PM
There are multiple factors that affect the USB data transfer speeds on a network. The network speed, whether you're connected to the network via wired or wireless, the size of the USB disk, the data fragmentation on the disk, the filesystem are just some of these factors. Ideally, you should get between 3-5Mbps data transfers. Since you're getting such low speeds, perhaps you could try defragmenting the drive if it uses FAT32 or NTFS
06-16-2011 02:08 PM
But, why is it that the maximum speed is 3-5 Mbps. When I connect the USB drive directly to my laptop, it gives me a good 20+ Mbps. Why does it go so slow over wifi? I have checked that my WiFi connection is at about 240Mbps or so when I am wireless on my Lenovo T410 laptop.
06-17-2011 06:17 AM
It's not a wifi limitation or anything. No home routers will give you the same speed for USB data transfers as you would get when the USB drive is connected directly to your computer. The only device which would give you speeds anywhere close to that are dedicated NAS units. Home routers typically top out at around 5Mbps, give or take a little, since the router has to manage everything else, not just the data transfer. Then there's also the fact that the data has to travel across the network from the USB drive to your computer. Dedicated NAS units give you better throughput because the device only has to manage NAS functionality.
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I was comparing E4200 to DLink DIR-827. DIR-827 gave me about 5MBps file transfer (I haven't even used USB3.0 drive), which is 40Mbps... so, what would you say to that?
It was just unfortunate that XBox360 did not recognized DLink's Media Server, that's why I had to settle for e4200.
(Mod note: Edited for guideline compliance.)