I have two ubuntu machines - one operating as samba server with regular config (Ubuntu 16.04) and another one operating as client running ubuntu 14.04. Issue is that I get speed across wireless network around 20kb/s max which is ridiculous. I have tried this site https://calomel.org/samba_optimize.html and everything mentioned in the forums but nothing helps... I noticed that if I share the drive from windows and connect from ubuntu system I get around 1 mb/s which is still really slow but far more decent than 20 kb/s. The drive is NTFS which may slow down the things but not in such scale. Also I observed another behavior - sometimes speed start at 10-20 kb/s and start to slowly increase till 1mb/s max but this takes huge files and a lot of time. Network output is always higher than the write speed. This is my config, any advice and all ideas will be appreciated

Update: By testing and tweaking with options I managed to get it up to 1.2 mb/sec through wireless (card is centrino wireless n 1000) but it still seems slow.

# Global parameters
server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
server role = standalone server
map to guest = Bad User
obey pam restrictions = Yes
pam password change = Yes
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
unix password sync = Yes
syslog = 0
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 1000
dns proxy = No
usershare allow guests = Yes
panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
idmap config * : backend = tdb
use sendfile = Yes

comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
create mask = 0700
printable = Yes
browseable = No

comment = Printer Drivers
path = /var/lib/samba/printers

path = /media/myuser/SHARED_DRIVE
username = myuser
read only = No
  • A good first step is to find the bottleneck. Test the network using iperf3. Is this result in line with what you expect? Test the performance of the drive. Is this in line with what you expect?
    – vidarlo
    Aug 27 '17 at 14:50
  • Thank you very much for this hint - results are awful. [ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth [ 4] 0.0-10.2 sec 9.00 MBytes 7.38 Mbits/sec
    – tslid
    Aug 27 '17 at 16:40
  • Then I'd suggest you connect your client via cable, and do a samba speed test over cable... That's a good baseline.
    – vidarlo
    Aug 27 '17 at 17:30
  • Already did and speed is up to 10 mb/sec. Thank you for the suggestions once more. This is still around 80 mbps on 300 mpbs card but now it seems more realistic. I will try to tweak samba config some more and try with different laptop to compare speeds.
    – tslid
    Aug 28 '17 at 11:59

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