I have some very common setup:
- a file server box (12.4.1 / kernel 3.6 / kde) connected to a router box (inet, dhcp).
Wi-Fi router is connected to the first one as DHCP relay. Both are not the best ones, but relatively new; b/g/n modes.
- and devices; like a laptop under latest mint with 3.6 kernel, connected to AP.
All devices are on the same network.
When I run
iperf, I have speed between them two = 70 Mbit/sec.
When I use samba, a big file is copied at 3.4 Mbit/sec.
When I mount same thing with
cifs, a big file is copied at 10.4 Mbit/sec.
Ping in between ~3ms.
I haven't tried NFS yet, will do. But the question is: why would the network speeds differ THAT much?
I would expect 2x drop, or say 4x drop for some whatever bidirectional something, but that is 20x downspeed - with samba.
Is it likely something wrong with my setup - or is it some expected result?
I have couple Windows laptops and would prefer to use something easy compatible like samba - but in my 12.4.1 setup
smbd crashes few times a day for pattern I could not identify - and "service restart" does not help, so I have to reboot.
nmbd logs do not show anything significant. That did not happen in 11.10.
Now the other question is: should I keep fighting samba setup, or should I consider some other file sharing option that is easy with Windows?
Googling did not show any obvious alternative to samba. There is no big load needed on the box - a few guys sharing it as programming/apache/php/etc server, so it just needs to be reasonably quick and reliable.