# Not getting expected performance from 100Mbps Ethernet network

Our company has a brand new NAS, and the idea is that we will be able to use it for fast, shared access to our data on our network.

It's a fairly simple 2-disk system, but from what I understand, it should reach speeds of about 40mb/s. We have a 100mb/sec network between our PC's and the NAS.

However, we're only getting NAS speeds of around 8-10mb/sec. What could the bottleneck be?

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M = mega
m = milli
B = byte
b = bit

When referring to disk usage, we measure throughput in megabytes per second, or MB/s. Notice the capital M for mega and the capital B for bytes.

When referring to network performance, we measure throughput in megabits per second, or Mb/s. Notice the lowercase b.

A bit is eight times smaller than a byte. You can figure out your 100Mb/s network's maximum theoretical throughput in MB simply by dividing by 8. `100 / 8 = 12.5`.

TCP/IP has ~ a 10% overhead, as does Ethernet, so realistically you'll only see about 80% of that at the high end. A little more basic math shows that `12.5 * .8 = 10`. You should expect to be able to write at about 10MB/s over your 100Mb/s network. This lines up perfectly with what you are seeing.

tl;dr - Capitalization is important.

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This doesn't really answer the question at all, from either a disk perspective, or a networking performance configuration perspective. –  Brennan Jun 22 '12 at 20:47
Of course it does. What part of the question do you not think is addressed? He has a 100Mb LAN and is only getting 10MBps throughput to his new NAS. This is the expected value for this configuration. My answer explains the math behind it and explains the confusion that the OP had with his units of measure. Not to mention that the OP selected this answer as correct, meaning that it answered th question to his own satisfaction. –  MDMarra Jun 22 '12 at 21:05

Make your device can handle the throughput. I have a 100mbps connection but the router I'm using can only handle 50mbps max. The new netgear business class routers are something to look into.

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Abe, the question was answered and there was nothing wrong with his configuration! –  Dan Nov 7 at 18:45