Copying files from one computer to another across my home WiFi seems really slow.
My WiFi connection signal is decent, but the actual speed as reported by "Wireless Network Connection Status" seems to fluctuate between 9Mbps and 54 Mbps. But Windows Task Manager reports that regardless of my speed I am only using between 5% and 10% of whatever bandwidth is available at the time. I'm using a NetGear WRT54g with WPA.
Similar post here Why is my 802.11g wireless LAN so slow? suggests that 2MB/s (16Mbps) is about all I should be seeing with encryption enabled. But overall, I'm seeing an average of around 1.2Mbps (less than 10% of that!) with an average speed of 24Mbps, and one end is wired in my case.
There is no other traffic on my LAN, and the data is being copied TO a server connected to the access point via a 100Mbps connection. So I would assume that in this case I should be getting a lot higher transfer rate.
I should also add, that this slowness only seems to happen when copying files.
Update: It is slow copying with Windows Explorer. If I do the same identical copy from a command prompt it is at least twice as fast.