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We moved into a different building a couple of years ago. Instead of rewiring everything I elected to use the existing wiring. I tested it all and only replaced the defective wires. Currently, here is what I am working with:
- Two Gigabit Managed Switches connected via fiber
- Cat 5 solid core cable ran through walls
- Cat 5e rated Wall plates (guess)
- Cat 5e rated Patch Panels (guess)
- Cat 5e patch cables
- Gigabit Ethernet, SSD Drive, Win 7, Quad Core, 8GB RAM
- Dual Gigabit Ethernet (Currently only using one), Traditional HD, Windows Server 2003, Dual Xeon Processors, 4GB RAM
The servers are connected directly to the switch via cat 5e cables. The workstations have the cat 5 cable ran in the walls to them, which are terminated to the wall plates and patch panels.
I know that the performance you get will be based on the slowest piece of equipment you are using. What kind of performance should I expect out of the above scenario? What should I do to improve the performance?
I have some users that have faster access to the servers than others. The users with the worst performance are those furthest away form the servers (110' - 150'). Programs ran locally on the machine run really fast. However, apps that access server files run slower. I would like to speed this area up.