My network utilization in windows never seems to get above 1%.
This seems absolutely tiny, does anyone know why it is so low and if there is anyway to increase it(or if it indeed does need increased)
FYI: I use a D-LINK USB wireless adaptor
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There are several possible bottlenecks for network transfer:
Now, what the windows network manager displays to you is the usage of the possible bandwidth of the local network adapter.
As you can see from the above numbers, this is normally a tiny amount of the total available bandwidth of your adapter for transfers over the internet. If you would try to locally copy a file over the LAN, it will most likely use a very big portion (maybe 100%) of the bandwidth of your network adapter.
Lets say you use only the internet for example, which is 1mbps (in our example). Let's assume your wireless adaptor supports N. Then it is 300mbps at best (windows displays it 300mbps). So 1mbps from 300mbps at best transfer rate.
Basically that's the reason. (You can't increase it. If you get a faster internet connection, it'll increase itself. You can check out the maximum output by copying something through lan to a PC which is connected with 1gbps LAN cable to the router (if the router supports 1gbps))
What is the maximum connection rate on your USB wireless? How many bars are you getting on your WiFi connection? You have to remember that regardless of the theoretical maximum, the real-world utilization will be much lower due to overhead and a weak signal. Some chipsets are better than others, but DLINK is a cheap consumer brand so they use the cheapest parts possible.
Open the CMD window with Administrator privileges and copy the following commands one by one:
netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled
netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
netsh int ip set global taskoffload=disabled