[Samba] 300mbit/s smbclient vs. 500mbit/s iperf

Werner Durgarten wernerdurgarten at gmx.de
Thu Mar 31 08:51:17 MDT 2011

Hi List,

my samba server has a gigabit connection and in order to check if the performance is on par i ran two simple Tests:

1) sending data from samba server to client with iperf (tcp mode, standard parameters): The achievable datarate is constantly about 500mbit/s

2) Downloading files with smbclient, ramdisk to ramdisk: The achievable  datarate is constantly about 300mbit/s

As the samba server is not under load i wonder why smbclient is considerably slower than iperf (why iperf only makes 500mbit/s is another question though). Any ideas?


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