I am running three PC's on my home network. I am using a Linksys cable modem router. It works very well. My problem has to do with browsing files and moving them from one machine to the other. This actually only happens between my desktop and my laptop. My kid's machine is not part of the problem.
What happens is that my desktop can see the shared drive on my laptop and can open and browse it's files nearly as fast it's own. File transfer is nearly transparent over the network.
The problem lies with the laptop. While it can browse the Internet at blazing speed, it is agonizingly slow when browsing my desktop's drives. When I double-click the icon for the desktop in Network Neighborhood, it takes at least a minute for the shared resources to show up. When I click on the drive I want to browse, it takes another minute or more to open. Same with the folders and files. Not very practical.
The desktop is an Athlon 650 running 128MB of RAM. The Ethernet adapter is integrated onto the Mobo.
The laptop is an IBM 560E ThinkPad 166 Mghz MMX with 48MB of RAM. I am using a 3Com 10BaseT Ethernet card.
The only protocol running is TCP/IP.
The confusing part is that the ThinkPad has no problem downloading mp3s or playing streaming video over the Internet.
Any suggestions will be appreciated. If you have the time, email response is even more appreciated. firstname.lastname@example.org