Slow components are the one old XP computer with the 10 Mb NIC, and the Internet router (between my ISP and me).
The other machines are Windows 7. All are members of a Workgroup. I've thus far eschewed the "Homegroup" concept, since
the XP machine obviouls doesn't understand Homegroups.
The point of all this is that I need to transfer files from machine to machine, and want to take advantage of the GB network
for this. If I disable the adapter connecting to the Internet thus forcing traffic to the GB network, things fly.
Would that there were a way to make shares point to a certain NIC.
At this point, I am thinking of a manual switch to interrupt the connection to the slow network, or maybe there's an app or
batch file to do that. But that's a little medieval.
All three machines can make use of the GB network, and data flies. But once the 10mb network (the Internet side) links all three machines,
traffic wants to flow through that side. If this were plumbing, it wouldn't work that way! Thus my bright idea of creating a separate high speed loop.
Now all I have to do is figure out how to build a fence... File shares this way to the GB net, Internet traffic to the 10mb net.
As I was proofreading this, I thought about using the fastest machine to connect to the internet over one NIC, then using it to share Internet
access with everyone else. But not very elegant...
Thanks for your time!