[ubuntu-uk] OpenSSH Problems

Nigel Verity nigelverity at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 21 14:36:11 UTC 2013

I am on the lookout for a bit of advice on using SSH/SFTP to transfer large files between devices on my home network.

I use Filezilla as my SFTP client and, in principle, it works a treat. If I transfer files between devices connected to the router by ethernet cable there are never any problems. Likewise if I use a wi-fi connection, but with the device right next to the router (i.e very strong signal) transfers are always trouble-free.

However, if one end of the transfer is using a wi-fi connection and further away from the router (around 10m), the transfers seem to pause for significant periods (> 30 seconds) and often time-out altogether. This suggests to me some kind of buffering issue. I'd be grateful for some advice from someone who understands SSH config far better than me.

I don't think the problem is a particularly weak wi-fi signal per se, Over the same distance from the router which gives problems with SFTP transfers, a general internet connection (including streamed audio and video) works fine.


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