Originally Posted by daemonfowl
It's a star : router provides internet access to 5 machines...
This isn't a network diagram, but we have seen before that getting information from you (even when requested several times...)
is like plugging teeth with a pair of pliers.
If you were really interested in finding out the cause of any slowness experienced, I would suggest testing either with a different intermediate device or better yet, simply use a cross-over cable (which is not the same as a straight cable used to connect to your router device...)
, & simply connect the client directly to the server. Again, the point is to reduce the number of variables involved.