Originally Posted by techflaws
so it must be some weird bug of the LIVE rather than a misconfiguration of the network.
Most likely true.
There's already a bug some dude analyzed and specifically related the MKV where the box is demanding WAY too much bandwidth. Like 10x what it should.
If the same thing is happening to some AVIs, then it's going to be ALL about bandwidth. And when it comes to WiFi, configuration is everything.
What's interesting is ya'll saying the AVI remuxed into an MKV works OK. Given the bug that affects MKV, it'd be REALLY interesting to see how much worse it is for AVI (if, in fact, the issue is the same thing.)
Which could very well explain why some people see the issue and some don't.
And as I explained earlier, if you have TWO devices using WiFi involved in the stream, that cuts your available bandwidth in half .. or more.
For example, if you're streaming an 10 megabit per second stream from a device that is 802.11b, and the other end is 802.11n, it doesn't matter, because the B device is consuming 90% of the available channel, PLUS OVERHEAD, leaving less than 1% of the channel open to the 802.11n client, or no more than 5 megabits per second... in a PERFECT world. Thus, it's impossible to fit the stream down the pipe.
You take that 802.11b server off the network, and now the WD has a MUCH larger percentage access to the full channel (MUCH more than HALF.)
In reality, the WiFi AP won't even let the B device have that much of the channel due to the fairness algorithms... So it's just flat not going to play.
But in my case, both the client and the server are 802.11n, running at average 110 megabits per second, thus I would expect NOT to have the issue.