Gigabit networking question.

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in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I have a desktop server running Windows and I have a MacBook Pro. I often access files from the server. They are both connected to a wireless router. I want to get the fastest possible access to the files on the desktop and I believe gigabit ethernet is what I need.



The question is how to do this? I'm pretty sure the Asus A7N8X motherboard does not have gigabit ethernet. Also, the router doesn't have it either. I have the option of adding a card to the desktop. Can I just buy a gigabit card for the desktop and connect the MBP to that? Then I can just connect to the router wirelessly for internet access.



Any help on the best route would be appreciated.

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    shetlineshetline Posts: 4,695member
    Just so I'm sure I'm following you correctly, you're suggesting plugging your MBP directly into a new gig Ethernet card, installed on your PC, and transferring files that way?



    If all you want is a something suitable for a temporary connection while moving files around quickly, that should work fine. I'm not sure off the top of my head if you'll automatically be able to see a Windows file share show up over a link like that, or if you'll have to check what zero-conf IP address gets assigned to the PC's gig port, and then from the Finder on the Mac do "Connect to Server..." and put in smb://169.254.x.x to connect.



    I've set up a wired gig network in my house, plus both 802.11g and 802.11n wireless too.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,405moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Daffy_Duck View Post


    Can I just buy a gigabit card for the desktop and connect the MBP to that? Then I can just connect to the router wirelessly for internet access.



    Yes.



    I think that's the best route to take. You could possibly get an eSata expresscard for the MBP and a corresponding PCI card for the PC to get theoretically 3Gbps instead of 1Gbps but I'd say Gigabit ethernet will be fast enough and I doubt that you will get near 3Gbps in practical situations with eSata.



    GigE is cheaper and easier to set up and will likely exceed your drive read/write speed anyway. Even really fast HDs are only 80MB/s (640Mbps). The average drives are closer to 30MB/s.



    I've done straight transfers Mac to PC over ethernet via SMB. I only had 100MBps ethernet at the time though and it took about 1 minute per gigabyte.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    daffy_duckdaffy_duck Posts: 248member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Marvin View Post


    Yes.



    I think that's the best route to take. You could possibly get an eSata expresscard for the MBP and a corresponding PCI card for the PC to get theoretically 3Gbps instead of 1Gbps but I'd say Gigabit ethernet will be fast enough and I doubt that you will get near 3Gbps in practical situations with eSata.



    GigE is cheaper and easier to set up and will likely exceed your drive read/write speed anyway. Even really fast HDs are only 80MB/s (640Mbps). The average drives are closer to 30MB/s.



    I've done straight transfers Mac to PC over ethernet via SMB. I only had 100MBps ethernet at the time though and it took about 1 minute per gigabyte.



    Thanks for the responses. I'm wondering if I can keep the desktop connected to the router and connect the MBP to the desktop with a gigabit card and share internet access that way as a more long term solution until gigabit draft-N routers stop sucking so much. Buffalo has a nice one but it's too expensive.
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