Why is system 2 loading images faster than system 1 (system details below) ? When accessing images across a network, Why would a slower system with a slower network connection (10/100), load images in software faster than a more powerful system with a much faster network connection (10/100/1000)? some background: The main reason I upgraded a some time ago to a Gigabit Network was to allow me to load my Pictures for processing anywhere in the house quickly. The way I do this is open the software (Canon Digital Photo Pro) that came with my camera to simply navigate to the mapped networked drive hosting the images and wait for them to load. On system 3, of course these load almost instantly into the software (drive is directly connected). System 2 (across the network), which is a pretty slow system with 100mbps connection loads them really well. System 1 (my fastest system), sucks. I literally sit there and watch each thumbnail load every 1 1/2 seconds or longer. I've tried to figure out what may be limiting System 1, but I can't figure it out. When I use the Integrated 10/100 NIC, it loads them exactly the same, No difference, between it and the Gigabit connection. At first guess, I would think its a limitation on the software accessing images on a network, but system 2 loads them great speeds with the smae software. Overall network tests using network speed software are up to par. I know these can't really compare to real life, but they do give you a baseline. I can transfer actual files with all systems with acceptable speeds. Here is the system details: XP Home on ALL systems System1: Dell 9400 Laptop Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 2GB Ram 7200 rpm HDD Gigabit Express Card System2: Dell 2650 Laptop Intell 1.7 P4 512 MB Ram 5400 RPM HDD 100Mb Integrated NIC System 3 (Hosting PC) Dell 2400 Desktop Intel P4 2.8 1GB ram Gigabit PCI NIC (Networked Drive containing images) 10K RPM eSata external drive connected via PCI SATA Card Network Linksys Gigabit Cat6 wire I would really appreciate any thoughts on this as I have no idea what's happening. I hope I've provided enough info for you guys. Here is a link to a quick diagram I created that might help understand my configuration: Here is a diagram of what I have: http://www.groovydos.com/Tom/My Network.pdf Here are a couple snaps of Network Performance using system 1: I think this tells me that when using the software both network cards are slow, infact the very same speed. Neither of which is close to what its capable of. So if there is no difference in the network cards, then what the hell can it be. The laptop configuration? This one is using the software to access the images. The top is with the gigabit and bottom is with 10/100 This one is with my network speed tool accessing a 350MB file on the same networked drive. When using my network tool, Both network cards perform well.