Tue Mar 16 17:45:31 GMT 2004 It's ALWAYS the driver (or the card)
Slow ftp is almost always a driver/card issue. Often updating the driver or using a better card fixes the problem instantly. This came from a customer who went through this recently:
I always like to fill you in when we DO find an answer. The slow ftp problem was either the onboard chipset in the Dell Optiplex GX200 machine, or the driver that was loaded for it. Basically, Mike and I were so frustrated (we have 3 of the GX200's, and more of the older GX110's all bought from computer-show.com) that we tried configuring one of the GX110's identically to the GX200, and the ftp flew (71 MB in ~9 sec.). So, knowing that the problem was isolated to the GX200, we went into the BIOS and disabled the on-board NIC, and inserted one of our very reliable 3Com 3C905-TX-NM PCI cards. RedHat 9.0 found the new card right away, and loaded the appropriate driver (or should I say script?). The network performance was like night and day, although it synced up at a slower speed (78MB in ~ 90 sec.). But who cares? The ftp was not even FINISHING before timing out using the on-board chipset! Also, accessing files on the samba share is easily 10 times faster! Just thought that you would like to know, maybe it will help someone else down the road.
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