Originally Posted by dropzone7
Interesting. What would you recommend for a NAS? My setup consists of a Windows Home Server, wireless router with gigabit ports and a Dune Base media player. I'm pretty happy with my setup but I get the occasional stutter on some BD ISO rips when my wife is streaming Netflix on the Xbox or doing something on the computer. I haven't been able to figure out what the problem is but I imagine it's the router. Not sure though. I'm thinking that I could avoid that possibility by doing something like what you have suggested. I hate to have to buy a dedicated NAS or server just for my movie since my WHS already contains my photos, music, movies and everything else. I'm willing to try anything to make it all problem free. It would be nice to be able to recommend a turnkey solution to my friends and family as well.
That sounds a bit like packet loss or collision, but I'm no networking expert. Definitely check all your networking elements to ensure they are set properly and work well. Failing that, I'd probably next suspect your network set up in terms of how things are wired/connected. Ideally, you'd have your WHS on a gigabit hub that your media device is also connected to - or at least the wifi access point would be. I try to leave my gigabit router, which is slower than my gigabit hub, out of the picture as much as possible by hooking my hub to it. Many gigabit routers aren't that fast (visit www.smallnetbuilder.com
for router and wifi speed charts), and I'd rather it deal with everything else. Failing THAT, I'd look into using QoS. It's unlikely to be your WHS unless the WHS box hardware is insufficient in terms of CPU, hard drive speed and/or memory.
My WHS (cored2duo 8300, 4GB DDR3) is wired as is my Oppo BDP I'm using for streaming (and/or my TivoHD). I had both the Oppo and Tivo wired into an Asus 100MB router I was using as a hub and it worked well, since neither device has a gigabit port, unless I tried to stream an uncompressed BD to the Oppo - I'd get stuttering. I swapped out that Asus with a Netgear gigabit hub and now it flies!