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Make file transfers faster over the local network (Windows 7 / Vista / XP)

Whether you are using a wired or wireless network, some of the most time-consuming operations are moving and copying large amounts of files and folders (or large files) over the network, from one computer to another part of your HomeGroup or local network: another computer, a shared external drive, or a shared folder of some kind. In this tutorial, we will give you a few tips to make your file transfers a lot faster.


The fastest way to copy or move files over your network

First, let us just say this: the fastest way to move files across your network is to use cables (vs. wireless file sharing), and to make the cable length as short as possible (although cable length is a marginal factor in transfer speeds).

Here are, in order of efficiency, the best way to move large chunks of data on your local network; pick the one that is easiest for you (most suitable to your particular situation).

Note: for internet traffic, the different between a wired connection to your router or wireless connection makes no difference, since the fastest internet connection is still many times slower than the network speed a standard wireless router is able to accommodate; the difference becomes noticeable when you are transferring files over the network, since the wireless connection is much slower than an Ethernet cable's capacity to move large chunks of data.

Each of these tips individually will speed up your network transfers, and in combination, they will make these large file transfers a lot more bearable!

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