We've just moved to a new office, and we upgraded our network to Cat5 TP
I've set ALL the machines to 100Mbits full duplex - and they seem happy at that
But I'm not getting anything like the network throughput I expected.
Doing some big file copies afterhours (so minimal network contention) the best throughput I can get is about 9.3Mbits, and mostly its down around 3 or 4
Watching the server it appears to be spending most of its time in the system idle process. And the network loading is low.
Watching the timing of the packets I see them come in short bursts with long pauses of nothing in between.
I'm wondering if the (cheap) ethernet switch might be the cause.
It looks to me like the switch might be squirting the data at 100 and then waiting long enough to have sent the data at 10, effectively slowng the whole shooting match down to 10
How do 10/100 switches handle the different data rates ?