View Full Version : [SOLVED] Super-pathetic Samba access speed, Lucid 10.04

October 10th, 2010, 08:43 PM
I have Samba share setup on my Laptop running Lucid Lynx, for my home network, wireless

The copy speed for my movies, when I access them from Windows laptop is too pathetic.
Took 22 min to copy around ~1.6GB of data, giving me a speed of only 1.2 MB/s

Haven't seen nething that bad :D
What settings do I have on my server which can improve the copy speed ??

Smb.conf is pretty simple and default

workgroup = WORKGROUP
netbios name = scooby-laptop
server string = "ScoobyDo server (Samba, Ubuntu)"
dns proxy = no
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 1000
syslog = 0
panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
security = user
encrypt passwords = true
passdb backend = tdbsam
obey pam restrictions = yes
unix password sync = yes
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
pam password change = yes
map to guest = bad user
usershare allow guests = yes

comment = Movies for Sharing
path = /home/scoob/movies
browseable = yes
read only = no
guest ok = no

October 10th, 2010, 09:22 PM
Samba has been quite fast for me with the default settings since I am using it.

You can add these lines to the global section of smb.conf file and then restart Samba and see if it helps.


October 10th, 2010, 10:00 PM
Didn't help much. 976 MB still taking 15 Mnts @ ~1.1 MB/s

October 10th, 2010, 10:15 PM
Which wireless card have you got? What is the actual connection speed? Can you achieve better speeds with connections other than Samba?

October 11th, 2010, 10:14 PM
Which wireless card have you got?

Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN [Kedron] Network Connection (rev 61)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device 1010
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 31
Memory at df2fe000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
Capabilities: [c8] Power Management version 3
Capabilities: [d0] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable+
Capabilities: [e0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting <?>
Kernel driver in use: iwlagn
Kernel modules: iwlagn

What is the actual connection speed?
Connects at 54 Mbps

Can you achieve better speeds with connections other than Samba?

I'll do the testing with other protocols and share the results.
On a wired network, the Samba share speed was ~10 MB/s

October 21st, 2010, 11:23 AM
Tried FTP on the same network.

That too giving ~1MB/s speed, :(

Still to try NFS

Assuming networking constraints, I'll mark this as SOLVED. And will keep it updated if I find nething interesting