I know this has been covered somewhat, but I’m really confused over the speeds the WD Livewire should run at.
I would also like to point out that apart from the fact that the Livewire Utility seems to have some issues, not least around passwords!, that the plug and play aspect of these boxes is about as good as you could get IMHO. Anyway back to the speed issues.
I realise it will be different depending upon the wiring setup in the house, but what I’m experiencing is still way short of the 200Mbps that Western Digital specify on the marketing material.
I have two WD Livewire units, one unit in my living room that has my modem/router and a WD TV LIVE box (100Mbps network port) connected to it, and the other unit in my study that just has my Windows 7 Home 64bit PC (gigabit network port) connected to it.
I just transferred a 1.96GB file from a 500GB USB hard drive (NTFS) hanging off the WD TV LIVE box to my PC and it took bang on 5 minutes.
It’s the early hours of the morning, but if my maths is correct, that’s 2007MB in 300 seconds which makes 6.66Mbps. Thats considerably less than 200Mbps.
So even though the WD TV LIVE box network port should be the bottleneck, it seems something else must be.
I just repeated the test from my PC over wireless N and got a 383 seconds transfer time. This is only 5.24Mbps when the wireless utility shows a consistent read rate of 180 Mbps. However my wireless adapater was only 15% of the cost of the Livewire product!
So can anyone (and I’m hoping a techy at WD is reading this) point out to my addled brain why this is just so slow?
I intend to retest with the two units plugged in to a double wall socket, then test with them on two adjacent sockets and see what results I get then. Not that it will represnt a real world scenario being in the same room but it may show some interesting results.
Any help or advice would be gratefully received.