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Take Control of Sharing Files in Leopard by Glenn Fleishman

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Higher Internet Throughput

For a local file server, speeds under several megabits per second (Mbps) will seem glacial, and I recommend a minimum of 100 Mbps. Over the Internet, where upload speeds—outbound speeds from a file server to someone else—tend to range from just 256 kilobits per second (Kbps) to 768 Kbps, a slow file server's low local network speed will be hidden by the much lower rate available over the Internet.

If you want to increase data transfer speeds from a Macintosh or drive on your local network to someone at a remote location on the Internet, you have a few options:

  • Get more bandwidth: Depending on your location, a connection with upstream speeds higher than 768 Kbps can cost from $30–$200 per month—typically higher if your ...

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