When I transfer data between two Windows 7 PCs using Ethernet, the max speed I get is 11 mbps. Is there any way of increasing this? Or can you suggest any other method of data sharing with greater speed?
Have you tried mapping the drives? You can try this too:
As a final note, It all depends on your setup. The faster your connection is the faster you will transfer the files.
Firewall might block the LAN internal traffic. In order to prevent the Firewall from blocking LAN traffic you have to set the software correctly.
Most Software Firewalls have a Settings that allow you to insert a range of Local IPs that should not be blocked (It is usually called Trusted Zone, Intranet or Private Zone, etc.). Insert the IPS range of your computers to the Firewall appropriate Menu. E.g. 126.96.36.199 – 192.168.1.50 such a setting will free from Firewall blocking any local computer with an IP between 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206.
Option 1: Pure Ethernet
Install Network Interface Card (NIC) in each computer (PCMCIA NIC a Laptop) and Connect them with CAT5e Crossover cable. (Total cost about $15 between Desktops, $35 between Desktop to Laptop). The connection can run at a speed of 100Mb/sec.
You need to configure both computers to form a Network, and then switch On file Sharing
Option 2: Mixed connection (Ethernet, and USB).
Let say that your Desktop has already NIC. Your Laptop has a USB port and you don't want to buy PCMCIA network card. You can plug a USB to Ethernet unit into the Laptop, and then connected the two computer via CAT5 crossover cable. (Total Cost about $30)
Speed of transfer depends on the type of USB.
USB1.1 will yield a Transfer of 11Mb/sec.
USB2.0 will yield a Transfer of 480Mb/sec.
Option 3: USB Direct.
Important - Never connect a regular USB to USB cable between two computers, the result may be one or two fried Motherboard.
Get a USB Direct Connect Module, it is a USB cable that has a special Network module installed on it. This Module act as a "NUll" connection and isolates the 5Volts lines between the two computers.
If these two computers have a unused ethernet card in them you can get a crossover cable and plug it into both ethernet cards. If you have them hooked up to the internet you need to get a router and hook both ethernet cards to the router with a straight through cable. Then hook the router to the internet modem.
You will have to give us more data about your setup.
Do you use Wired or Wireless Ethernet?
Are they connected directly or via a central point?
(calbe from PC-to-PC, Ad-Hoc) ... (Hub, Switch, Router, Access Point)
What are the supported network Standards?
(Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless-A/B/G/N)