AutoCAD Electrical General Discussion

AutoCAD Electrical General Discussion

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Accessing AutoCAD Files on remote server...

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04-19-2011 07:57 AM

I am experiencing extreem time delays in accessing AutoCAD files over an ethernet connection to a remote server.

My files are located on the remote server and my autoCAD is installed on my local PC.

We have ruled out problems with my local PC because another PC in the building is having the same issues.

When I explore in the Start Menu I experience these delays when scrolling through the AutoCAD files.

Is this an AutoCAD problem or a problem with my server connection?

Is this happening with anyone else?

Does anyone have a fix?


PLEASE HELP...I'm stuck at such a slow pace it's driving me nuts!!



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Re: Accessing AutoCAD Files on remote server...

04-19-2011 08:32 AM in reply to: deannaturner3788

It sounds like you are describing network latency.  I run across a network at my office.  It is a bit slower than when you run all local, but it is necessary when you work as a team on the same projects, and you share catalog data.  But the slower speed is usually most noticeable when moving from drawing to drawing or executing a part number Lookup. Extreme delays (or freezes) are not characteristic, so I think you have a network issue.


I advise upgrading your network switches to 1Gb.  Most are 10/100Mb, but 1Gb is available now.  You will also need to upgrade the network interface card in the computers to 1Gb.  These are not very expensive.  If you are working wireless there are router/switches that perform at 300Mb wireless and 1Gb when connected via Ethernet cable.


Another thing to consider is just how much you are sharing across the network.  I suggest only sharing the AeData folder and all its sub-folders.  This takes care of the wd.env file, PLC data, Catalog data, and Projects.  Move the AeData folder to your network drive and add this path to the top of the Support File Search Path.  For more details about this approach, visit the Tips and Tricks page at

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