How Can I Speed Up My Network?

#1
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...
 

Iceman

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#2
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
 
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Gokou

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#9
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.
 

BigPete

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#12
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.
 
#14
Originally posted by BigPete
Switches are also faster since there will be less collisions
None at all acctually. Switches don't get collisions because of how it's built in difference from a hub.
, most good switches will not broadcast the packets to the entire network, rather it will pass it on to the right node
A switch will only broadcast if the packet has a destination MAC address that is unknown by the switch.
, but that only works with TCP/IP as far as I know.
Sorry, wrong.
 

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