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My Goal

I own a My Book Live. I have spent some time tonight trying to optimalise the transfer speeds. To do so I connect the NAS directly to the ethernet port of the computer. Windows gives me 6.5MB/s write speed (for photos).

On Ubuntu I connect the NAS, then edit the ethernet connection to be link-local only. The best I can then get is 5MB/s for one large file, and 1.2MB/s for photos. That's too slow, I think. I want something around 5 or 6 MB/s.

The present setup

The connection looks something like afp://username@MyBookLive.local/Pictures. Sometimes avahi and avahi-browse just crashes.

When it is on the router I can just do something like sudo mount -t cifs -o user=username,pass=passw //mybooklive.local/someshare/ /media/nas, but when trying to mount directly via ethernet (nas-to-computer) local-link only I get this error message:

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on //mybooklive/zerix/,
   missing codepage or helper program, or other error
   (for several filesystems (e.g. nfs, cifs) you might
   need a /sbin/mount.<type> helper program)
   In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
   dmesg | tail  or so

My question

How can I upgrade the speed? Should I look into an alternative for afp? Or some different tool? Should I manually mount the nas? If so, how?

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