Here’s one for you networking geeks. I’m currently sat in front of two computers – my MacBook, running OS X 10.4.9, and my parents’ desktop, running Windows XP SP2. They’re connected to each other by a 100 Mbps switch, which then connects to the main house router.
If I were to copy a file from my MacBook to the desktop using SMB, it will happen relatively quickly – several megabytes will take several seconds. The inverse, however takes much longer – copying a file from the desktop to the MacBook will take several minutes. A 45 MB file going one way will take a mere 90 seconds; the other way, it’ll take over 20 minutes.
So what’s going on? Any ideas?