How Can I Speed Up My Network?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Black_Pride, Jun 16, 2002.

  1. Black_Pride

    Black_Pride OSNN Addict

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    Hello, I have 3 computers on my office network at my dental office. On all 3 computers I am running Netgear 10/100 Cards and a Netgear 10/100 Hub. All 3 computers are running WindowsME (please do not tell me to upgrade to XP because our dental software requires Win9x). All 3 pc's are 1.2Ghz AMD processors or newer and plenty of RAM. We are experiencing lag on our network when we are sharing info between the pc's. I don't get it. I am running NetBeui on all 3 and we do not use the internet.
    How can I make this network faster?

    Any suggestions are appreciated...
     
  2. Iceman

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    use a switch instead of the hub, hubs make each pc share the bandwith (3 pc's 100 bandwith = 33 each, switches allow full bandwith so each pc uses 100. :D
     
  3. Black_Pride

    Black_Pride OSNN Addict

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    I will try that....thanks!

    any other suggestions??
     
  4. surge

    surge OSNN Senior Addict

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    nope , a Switch is the only way to go unless you want fiber optic
    connections , but thats very expensive.
     
  5. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    agree with surge, that's about all u can do given your current setup.

    You should see an improvment with the switch. :p
     
  6. Black_Pride

    Black_Pride OSNN Addict

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    cool...thanks guys!
     
  7. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Feels like running TCP/IP instead of NetBEUI would be a good idea.
     
  8. Phogoff

    Phogoff Guest

    What Zedric said...
     
  9. Gokou

    Gokou Guest

    Actually you shouldn't switch to TCP/IP if you don't need it. TCP/IP uses more over head and increases the packet size, stick with NetBui.
     
  10. Gokou

    Gokou Guest

    err, netbeui
     
  11. surge

    surge OSNN Senior Addict

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    why the h*ll do you want to use netbeui, its slower than tcp/IP
    and netbuie is out dated.
     
  12. BigPete

    BigPete OSNN Sexual Deviant

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    Switches are also faster since there will be less collisions, most good switches will not broadcast the packets to the entire network, rather it will pass it on to the right node, but that only works with TCP/IP as far as I know.

    I would go with the switch and use TCP/IP instead of netbeui, unless you are using software that requires it.
     
  13. efeezee

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  14. Zedric

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    None at all acctually. Switches don't get collisions because of how it's built in difference from a hub.
    A switch will only broadcast if the packet has a destination MAC address that is unknown by the switch.
    Sorry, wrong.