Can anyone please help me by explaining the difference between a network share on a DNS-323 NAS device and both Windows Vista and Windows 7 network shares.
I have been testing a WD TV Live media player with Blue Ray rips and when playing the films from a shared folder on any of my windows PC
s (all high spec and 1Gb network) the films stutter and stop start. Regular media plays ok, I am talking about 1080p content whith total film sizes of 10-16GB. It is not the speed of the network because I have a small cheap DNS -323 NAS device and if I drop the movie files onto its shared folders they play perfectly and you could also drag movie files across the network to the device whilst playing and the film doesnt glitch at all. I have 4 apple TV boxes and from the same pc
s as being used in this test, 4 different films can be streamed simultaneously and network copying with no error (I know apple has a buffer ;-)). Basically the quad core pcs should be better at streaming the 1080p data than the DNS-323 NAS device but they are not, so I am trying to find out what is different at packet level, I think they are both samba. I did manage to get the windows 7 machine streaming by disabling the recieve auto-tune on the TCIP (netsh), but it was fragile; If I did something else on the network with that pc then the stutturing re-occured.
The WD TV Live has a facility whereby you can plug in a USB device directly to it and this device becomes available as a network share, so that content can be copied to it convenienty from the PC that you make the rip or have the media. When copying the data the most I could get was 1.6MB/s which eventually slowed down to 342KB/s; this made it impossible to get any data to the drive in a reasonable time. WD TV Live has a 100Mbit LAN, so I just don
t understand why it cant communicate with windows at a decent speed, but can with the DND-323 NAS device. I would prefer to stream from a PC because the data storage can be expanded much easier (2TB USB or even more internals) and cheaper than NAS devices; but even if I decide to buy another NAS device I won
t know if it will work until I buy it, unless I understand why WD TV Live will communicate with a linksys DNS - 323 at high speed, but not windows pcs :-(.
I read about SMB and NFS, but didn
t really understand and it seems that Vista cant do NFS etc… I think that the DNS 323 is samba.
Thanks in advance