Anyone have any suggestions?
I've got a PC and a laptop, both with Windows 7. Each has a wireless network card that is shown to be connected at 54 Mbps. I'm copying a large file (15 gigs) between the two and both show that the network utilization is around 20%.
I did the math and a 15 gig file at 54 megabits per second should only take about 45 minutes or so and Windows is estimating it to take 'about four hours'.
I've set my wireless router to only accept Wireless G connections...and both of my wireless cards support wireless G. And, like I said, Windows shows each connection as being at 54 MBPS but it's only using 20%.
How can I improve this? I'm looking at adding a streaming media type player so I'd really like to get my equipment operating at more than 20%. Or am I just misunderstanding the numbers?
EDIT Since my primary concern is streaming media - I've been watching the utilization while streaming a video from my PC to my laptop. The file I'm streaming is 399,297KB and the file is 43 minutes log. If I'm understanding this correctly - that should only be 154.766 KB per second to stream + whatever overhead there is in the packet headers. But when I watch the utilization it jumps up and down from 5% all the way up to 18% (and I can't ever get my network to go past 20%).
But what's confusing me is that 18% of 54 megabits per second should be 1,244 KB per second. But, the show I'm trying to stream is only supposed to be 154KB per second. So, I mean, at first glance I'm thinking - 'WoW, this streaming media extender thing will work great and I could have several of them going at the same time, I just need a tiny fraction of the available bandwidth...'
But just streaming this one 400,000kb file is taking up 18% of my network utilization!?
Is this within the normal operating specs or is something really wrong here? Can I check to see how many packets are being dropped or something that might point me in the right direction? Have I just done all of my math incorrectly?