Fastest Network Protocol?

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JellyBean Offline
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What is the fastest networking protocol for streaming from a NAS to XBMC? OS can be changed if required. So far things are running pretty well but I would like to see if I can optimize or make small hardware changes before considering full hardware upgrades.

I have the following:
FreeNAS 64bit running off USB on an old desktop PC
4GB memory
3+1 2TB drives using ZFS

Shuttle XS35GT
XBMC Win7 64bit running off 64GB SSD
2GB memory

I'm currently using FTP for streaming. I don't have Gigabit Ethernet in place either (older motherboards). I'm just looking for where I can make the best gains. I may have to suck it up and upgrade my components.
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oleroc Offline
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You can upgrade both shuttle and nas with Very inexpensive gigabit pci cards and a 50 bucks 5p giga switch. That would by far give you the most performance for your hard earned cash.
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thethirdnut Offline
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Anything *nix should easily max out a Gbps link with NFS. I hit 100 MBps consistently.

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A bunch of XBMC instances, big-ass screen in the basement + a 20TB FreeBSD, ZFS server.
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deibit Offline
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NFS has less protocol overhead than SMB.

So, with the same throughput, it transfers more real data.

So..if you can choose, choose NFS over Samba.
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JellyBean Offline
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My Shuttle isn't upgradeable (its the size of a textbook) so I will probably have to build a new XBMC htpc. Is NFS faster than FTP?
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DDDamian Offline
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ftp isn't stellar for streaming - would probably pick SMB first for Win, NFS second

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(This post was last modified: 2012-05-10 19:10 by DDDamian.)
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