Buffering on a home (windows) network
#1
Hi,

Do you know what could cause buffering in Kodi on a Windows home network?  Pretty simple setup... I have a 'server in the basement with all my files on it and I'm sharing them.  These are uncompressed blu-ray files that it happens mostly on but Plex seems to play them fine (I don't think it's transcoding since it's a local network).  Plex is on a different machine, by the way.  When this happens, my CPU usage, memory and hard drive usage look fine in task manager.  Ran a chkdsk on the HD, seems fine.  Other files play fine from the same HD except uncompressed bluray files.  The HD should be more than capable.

Windows 7 - 64bit
Core2Duo 6700 2.67GHz
8GBs of memory
1Gb ethernet
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#2
Playing the file locally have any issues? if no then bandwidth/network issues. if yes, would point at something like DRM.

A proper debug log Log file/Advanced (wiki) might show the issue, using the keyboard OSD while playing a video will help show up the bottle necks.
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#3
What type of clients are you using? A while ago I bought a Xiaomi Mi Box S and I noticed that playing a simple slide show of all my pictures is fairly impossible, since it takes minutes and minutes to start up...And those are all files on my local network.
If I use Kodi on one of the Windows clients and do the same thing, it flies!
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#4
Never tried playing the file locally, but if it worked that wouldn't really narrow things down.  That would determine that it could be the network, the server, the hard drive on the server... ect...  I don't think it's a network issue since Plex works fine, (if Plex is not transcoding it.  I need to look at the processes on the server when I'm playing it).  It's also a 1Gb network.  But thanks.

I'm using a full PC (specs listed above) in the living room with the latest Kodi.  No dedicated video card, but the PC is capable of playing uncompressed blu-ray. 

I'll try to create a log this weekend and post it here.

Thanks,
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#5
(2019-08-17, 16:29)thearm Wrote: That would determine that it could be the network, the server, the hard drive on the server... ect...
That's how it works... stomping one issue at a time to sift out the problem. A proper debug log puts more eyes on the issue, should an Eureka moment happen.
(2019-08-17, 16:29)thearm Wrote: network issue since Plex works fine, (if Plex is not transcoding it. 
Apples & Oranges
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(2019-08-17, 16:29)thearm Wrote: I'm using a full PC (specs listed above) in the living room with the latest Kodi.  No dedicated video card, but the PC is capable of playing uncompressed blu-ray. 
Ah, the specs were referring to the client...
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