I have a Linksys wrt400n router, wireless n capable which has 4 Ethernet ports that are not gigabit ports but 100 Mbps ports. My laptop has a gigabit Ethernet port. My cloud is connected to these Linksys router and (obviously trough the Ethernet cable) and my laptop is connected via Wifi N to the router.
At first I didn´t understand why the transfer speed was 12 MB/sec when backing up my files to my new WD My cloud, I tried with an Ethernet cable from the laptop directly to the router and 12 MB/sec was also my transfer speed. Wireless N is supposed to be 300 Mbps, 3 times my 100 Mbps Ethernet connection but I was getting the same speed, not 3 times faster, so I realized than even tough wifi N was faster than Ethernet cable my router couldn’t upload files faster than what the 100 Mpbs port was able to transfer to the connected WD My cloud.
So I thought, WD drive has USB 3.0, I have a Toshiba USB 3.0 external drive, if I transfers files directly from the Toshiba drive connected to the WD drive I would get real USB 3.0 transfer speed (or at least max drive writing speed that is about 60 MB/sec according to what reviews about the WD drive say). So I tried transferring files from the connected USB 3.0 drive to the WD drive, copy paste trough windows explorer, and sadly my transfer speed was a top 3 MB/sec!. Why if both drives are connected trough USB 3.0 and files shouldn’t have to be transferred to the router (which is limited to 100 Mbps/8= about 12 MB/sec) am I getting this poor transfer speed? Can anyone with more knowledge explain me what’s wrong with my newbie logic?
Other question: is there any possible way of connecting my laptop directly to the WD My cloud using gigabit Ethernet port that both of them have? I mean (of course is possible, just connect the cable) would I be able to transfer all my files (1 TB) at max speed (1000 Mbps/8= 125 MB/sec à 60 MB/sec that is WD My cloud to writing speed)? Is there any program that would let me create a connection of laptop/WD my cloud?
I would appreciate your answers and knowledge
Thanks in advance.