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Wildly varying file transfer speed over network between 2 Macs?

Wildly varying file transfer speed over network between 2 Macs?

2 Intel Macs; a brand-new MBP and a 1-year-old iMac. Both have good quality wired network connection to an Airport Extreme. I regularly copy a 25Gb+ file between them. The disks have plenty of space and the iMac was defragmented a little while ago too.

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"Well, I don't know what is causing the problem (though I have suspicions it's to do with plugging the laptop into my home network in the evenings, then back into the office one in the mornings)...

...but I noticed that in the network settings on the laptop, under the wired ethernet connection, on the advanced page, on the 'ethernet' tab, the system was set to automatically detect the network settings, and it was sometimes switching to 100BaseTX - when this was the case, the transfer was on a go-slow. If I changed the settings to manual and switched the setting to 1000BaseT, the speed picked back up again. So, without knowing much about this kind of thing, I'm guessing that something causes the laptop to think it has to connect to the network at a slower speed than the max it can do. Manually changing this speed gets things working quickly again, so for the time being I've just left the laptop configured 'manually' to be 1000BaseT.

Interestingly this doesn't seem to be causing any problems with my home network either (which is another Airport Extreme and a little 5-port DLink autosensing switch).

So this isn't really an answer in the sense that it's an explanation, but as a work-around I'm happy. :-)"