Fast Ethernet: How to speed up the network transfer via D-Link Gigabit Switch + USB Adapter

Speeding Up File Transfer Via Dlink Gigabit Switch If you want to share files via your home network, you might want to configure your ethernet adapter first

Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Tip: If you really want to speed up your network transfer and want to invest some money, get a 1 GBit Ethernet Switch:

The following D-Link switch received favorable reviews and will cost you about $40:

D Link 8Port Gigabit Switch

D-Link DGS-1008G 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch

IMPORTANT: You will only be able to make use of a Gigabit switch if you ALSO have Gigabit ethernet adapters in your PC’s and laptops. If you order one, make sure to have a free PCI slot or get a USB ethernet adapter like this one Plugable USB 2.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Network Adapter (ASIX AX88178 Chipset)

Configuring Your Ethernet Adapter To use 100MBit/s Full Duplex

1. Step Before you start, make sure you connect your PC’s via a LAN-ethernet cable – avoid WLAN if you want a fast transfer.

2. Step Now open the Network and Sharing Center

Open Network Sharing Center Now2

3. Step On the left top, click the 2nd link “Change adapter settings”

Changing Adapter Settings Screen

4. Step Right-click on your main connection – often labeled LAN Connection, Realtek PCIe xxx Controller or similar.

Properties Of Your Lan Connection

5. Step Now click the Configure button:

Configure Realtek Pcie E Gbe Family Controller

6. Step Go to the tab Advanced and check the Property list of an item labeled Speed & Duplex or similar

7. Step On the right, select 100 Mbit/s Full Duplex

After following the steps above, you will have a lot faster file transfers. Enjoy!

Published: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 Last Modified: July 25, 2012