Q & A – Network/LAN Bandwidth Benchmark
This document provides some frequently asked questions about Sandra. Please read the Help File as well!
Q: I get Packet too large for Network/Host error
A: Sandra uses large blocks to test the transfer rate. Some interfaces do not support packets this large, but only smaller packets. You can try the following:
- Try the latest network drivers from the network card manufacturer. In most cases the built-in Windows drivers are scaled-down versions.
- Check the driver settings – there may be a setting to allow large packet fragmentation or change max. packet size.
- If you’ve used a modem speed booster make sure you’ve changed only the dial-up settings and not the LAN settings too. Go back to the defaults and/or clear all the settings from the registry.
- Use a decent network adapter, e.g. Intel/3Com/HP/Compaq/etc with an internal buffer.
- As a last resort, try a clean install of Windows.
Q: I get Cannot get IP address of host error
A: Go to a console and try to ping the host by name. If you cannot, make sure DNS/WINS is correctly set up, otherwise enter the host names and their IP addresses in the HOSTS file.
Q: Why are there no workgroups/domains visible?
A: Check that you’ve set your computer to be part of a workgroup or the correct domain and that you’re running the Microsoft Networks Client.
Q: Why are there no computers on the domain/workgroup?
A: Check that the network settings are correct. Try to connect to some of the computers you know should be on the network or ping them.
Q: Why is my computer not listed in the domain/workgroup?
A: There would be no point benchmarking the local interface, thus your computer is not shown if the workgroup/domain it is in is selected.
Q: Why don’t I get ~100MB/s for my Gigabit connection?
A: Unless you have a PCI Express, PCI-X/64-bit adapter or connected to an internal bus (e.g. Intel’s CSA) the normal PCI bus cannot provide enough bandwidth and you’ll be limited to 30-50% of total bandwidth. Of course, first check the cable is CAT6 and that the switch/system are linked at GBit with no dropped packets.
Q: I’ve moved my GBit-capable NAS to GBit connection but get only ~10-20% higher bandwidth! What’s wrong?
A: Most likely your NAS does not have enough internal bandwidth to fully use a GBit connection; it may not perform better than on 100MBit connections. Of course, first check the cable is CAT6 and that the switch/NAS are linked at GBit with no dropped packets.
Q: Why don’t I get 54Mbit for my 54Mbit Wi-Fi connection?
A: The MAC layer speed is not the same as the theoretical maximum speed. See table below:
|Wireless LAN Specifications|