I wanted to know if other users could post there performance numbers with N5200 using Vista. I was copying a 1.25GB Vob file and my performance is like 11 MB/s for Reads and Writes are 21.2 MB/s. My Vista system is a new HP Core 2 duo I just bought.
I just downloaded the latest firmware 1.08 but still no luck. I am using RAID5 with 128K stripe size. Anyone have any ideas on what I can do to help improve my performance. I know I must be doing something wrong. I am going to check with a XP box later this week when I have more time. Thanks in advance for any help.
Despite the fact that you're most probably posting in the wrong board (your quest is N5200 specific and not general), I'm missing some details.
What network connection do you have, 100 MBit or 1 GBit? How do you copy the file(s)? SMB/CIFS, FTP, NFS,... ? How do you measure the speed? By hand?
The MS SMB/CIFS protocol is a mess regarding speed and for large file tranfser you should switch at least to FTP which is much more faster. There is a very nice FTP module for FireFox available which gives you a free FTP client with a nice user interface inside the FireFox browser.
In general, without doing any special tuning on your PC and on the N5200 you can expect 11-23 MByte/sec using the CIFS protocol. The speed depends on the blocksize for the read/write operations which you cannot control when copying data with the Windows Explorer. So for CIFS and Windows Explorer doing the copy your reported speed is quite reasonable but slow.....
P.S. Forget somehow the write speeds, they are usually higher as the N5200 filesystem caches data on write.....