Samba Mount and Transfer Speed

Carl Friis-Hansen ubuntuuser at
Wed Oct 13 20:19:45 UTC 2010

Quoting Amichai Rotman <amichai at>:

> Hi,
> I have a Media Gateway device that serves as a LAN switch, WiFi AP and a USB
> 2.0 Host for Media Sharing (among other capabilities).
> I have connected an external USB 2.0 Hitachi Prestige 1TB HDD to the USB
> Host containing media files (video and audio) to be shared over the LAN.
> I have one desktop PC running Ubuntu Lucid and one Asus EeePC 1000HE netbook
> running Ubuntu Lucid (UNE).
> The files are shared using the Samba protocol. When I tried to access the
> files (play them directly from the share) the video was jerky and the audio
> skipped. It seemed as if the transfer rate is too low...
> a) How can I make sure what's the actual speed ?

Install "netspeed", Traffic monitor applet for GNOME, and put it on  
the top panel.

> b) Is there a way to speed it up?

The LAN appears to be wireless at some point, right? In that case,  
make sure the signal
strength and quality is as good as possible. I have a feeling it is  
where your bottleneck

Carl Friis-Hansen

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