Originally Posted by lockdown571
This is way too slow. I also don't know how you're streaming blu-rays smoothly considering they go over 40 mbps. Is there a big difference between copy something to your unraid server and copying something from your unraid server?
To be honest, I really don't know. I just started checking transfer rates recently using the dialog box that pops up in Windows when I select the Details option. I have seen rates as high as 38Mbps, but not all that often. I have no idea what kind of rates I'm getting when streaming Blu-Rays and I'm not sure how to check. I used to have all sorts of issues with stuttering and freezing until I converted my Blu-Ray iso's to mkv's and played them back with XBMC. I don;t recall checking rates when transferring something from my server because I don;t do it all that often. I'll try a large file transfer this evening and see what kind of rates I get.
Originally Posted by WonHung
Hopefully, my verbose post was somewhat helpful to you.
I read it but I can't say that I fully understood it, but the feedback is greatly appreciated. My networking knowledge is extremely limited so some of the jargon is lost on me (i.e., I am clueless as to what LAG or LACP means). My previous setup included a number of switches scattered throughout the house similar to your setup, which is the main reason I decided to go with one central switch.
I'm using a D-Link gigabit gaming router connected to the WAN input from my FIOS ONT. One LAN output connects to the ActionTek router supplied by Verizon that's used mostly for distributing guide data to the one set top box in the upstairs bedroom and also for connecting my wife's laptop to the internet via wireless. Another LAN output connects to the Dell switch. From there, the switch connects to two desktop PCs, two HTPCs, an unRAID server, a HP all-in-one Officejet printer, a HDHomeRun Dual, a HDHR Prime tuner, and a Ceton Echo. All of these devices are left on 24/7. I also have an X-Box 360, mini-ITX HTPC, a Hackintosh PC, and two additional desktop PCs that are active sporadically so they're only connected to the network when in use. I believe all of the PCs have Realtek gigabit internal LAN chips. The unRAID server uses an Intel PCI NIC. I have actually considered installing Intel NICs in all of my PCs as they are supposed to be superior to the Realtec LAN chips.
All wiring is CAT6 plenum cable terminated to punchblock RJ-45 jacks at each end. I'm using a 24-port patch panel that connects all distribution cables to the switch via 1.5-ft CAT6 jumpers. I've got another 16-port patch panel on the 2nd floor that connects the cables from the main switch in the basement to the CAT6 cables on the 2nd floor that provide connections to each upstairs bedroom. The two sets of cables are jumpered via the patch panel using CAT6 patch cables.
PS. I just ran a search for Intel gigabit NICs and came across something interesting. The reviews posted by some of the folks on Amazon indicated that the PCI NIC has extremely limited throughput. I installed it because I was having some issues getting unRAID v4.7 to recognize my Realtek LAN on the Asus motherboard I'm using. I think I'll take another shot at it this evening and see if I can get it working with unRAID v5.0-rc8a. If not, I also have a PCI-e Intel NIC that I can try, although I'm reluctant to give up my last PCI-e slot as I was planning to use it for a SATA controller.Edited by captain_video - 11/13/12 at 12:54pm