@ JoeBoy - I am not using Wi-Fi. I am using a 1gbit wired ethernet connection.
Ive gotten it somewhat fixed by disabling media sharing on my PC completely via the Network Sharing Center. This has increased my total LAN usage while streaming a movie, but it doesnt detract from my internet speeds.
The following has been tested on a 100mbit Switch:
after everyone told me that it may have be a router problem, i decided to try out my old 100mbit switch for a better view of network usage - the results are as follows: Screenshots provided as well!
Scenario 1: http://imageshack.us/f/834/scenario1.png/
All streaming services disabled in windows7!
The WDTV Live will use 70% of my Network for streaming a 1080p movie - if i run a speedtest.net while it is doing this, my results will be 30/30+mbit - however, any movie (the 3 i tested anyway) will lag out pretty fast in this “mode”! - but at least it aint detracting from my internet speeds! IF the WDTV Live would be able to stream stuff in this mode, it would mean i could actually use my internet at the same time!
Scenario 2: http://imageshack.us/f/834/scenario2.png/
Streaming set to be allowed for any device in windows7!
WDTV Live will, drop the LAN usage to about 30% (No matter which movie!) - and if i run a speedtest.net while this is happening my results will be something like 22/22mbit - in this mode, anything that uses “all my internet” (youtube, file downloading, you name it!) will immediately cut the stream to the WDTV Live, even though my network usage is under 40%
The “spikes” in both of the above screenshots are from running speedtest.net
Additional info :
My HDD isnt bottlenecking
My CPU isnt bottlenecking
My GPU isnt bottlenecking
My LAN Bottlenecks only in “Scenario 1” when running speedtest.net, however the movie will lag out pretty fast even if im not running a speedtest
In Scenario 2, my LAN will never bottleneck, but when im using my internet at high speeds, the WDTV Live will still lag out
Internet goes into Switch (Directly from the wall, dont even have a router now), PC goes into Switch, WDTV Live goes into switch
Im not saying that the WDTV Live itself is at fault for this, it might as well be some kind of problem with my LAN setup - all i want i a solution so that the WDTV Live will use ONLY my LAN and NOT my INTERNET for streaming purposes.
If this is not possible i dont see any reason why anyone would ever want a box like this, when a cheap laptop can do the same thing much more effective??
I hope this post has clarified my problem enough for someone to fix this. Or at least tell me something like “Haha you ■■■■■, all you have to do is enable/disable “x” feature in windows / your network” or “sorry, streaming to this box simply doesnt work this way!”
This is the first time ive ever owned a box like this, and ive gotta say im pretty dissapointed so far :,(
At least tell me this, if i were to buy a HDD and plug it into the WDTV Live directly, it would be able to stream ALL 1080p content off of that HDD yes ? This is the only purpose i see for this box unless a fix for my problem is giong to be provided
EDIT : This post has been edited 1 million times to insert as much info as possible!