I'm at an absolute loss here. I cannot seem to get very good file transfer speeds no matter what I do. I could really use some help. I'll supply info on what i'm trying to do and what i have hardware wise, but i can't get a music file to open in under a minute! Videos are over 5, and still jump, they don't flow...Any help would be nice. I'm running 3 computers on a network 1st, the computer hardware: 1. HTPC with Asrock a75m & a8-3850 using onboard wired ethernet connection & crossfire with asus 6670 video card. 8gb ram, always on, running windows 7 professional, and a 64gb crucial ssd. 2. Main rig: gigabyte ga-890fxa-ud5 motherboard 1090T @4.3 with H100 cooler 16gb ram (1366mhz) 75gb WD Raptor Killer NIC 2100 wired networking card (other 2 onboard cards disabled in bios) running windows 7 ultimate & SLI (with hack) 250GTS MSI cards. 3. Laptop: Dell studio laptop 1747 Networking hardware: DGL-4500 router. Motorola SB-6120 cable modem Cat 6 cables going from modem to router, router to main rig, and router to 10/100/1000 switch that splits into HTPC and Xbox 360 with cat 6 cables as well. Laptop uses Wireless G. Router broadcasts mix of A/B/G no N. I've tried using Homegroup and i'm able to setup and share files. I've used just the "sharing" feature of files/folders and i can share files. But i don't get ANY good speeds out of it. My end goal. I want to make my HTPC the center of my household, with 9TB of storage when i'm done, and i want to be able to access files (.iso's/mpg's/jpeg's/mp3's/etc) from that computer on a TV directly, and wired through my network on my main rig so i don't have to worry about space problems on my main rig with all those hard drives. i also want to be able to access them from my laptop. right now the access times are HUGE! i'm not sure how to measure the transfer speeds, but a 500mb file took 7 minutes to open into windows media player classic, and then skipped every 2 seconds to buffer. Is my end goal achievable? This is my first time trying to network my goodies, so i'm not positive if i can do it or not, but i think i can, and would accept any help what so ever to get it done. Hardware of Software recommendations are accepted as well if you think i need upgrades. Please Help!