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Choppy stream when trying to play 720p+ movies from my PC to Samsung Smart TV

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I purchased a Samsung 8000 series LED TV roughly a year ago and was having no problems streaming HD content from my PC to my TV until recently. I had some remodeling on the home done a few months ago and as a result had to disconnect my setup for a weeks. Since then I have run into a problem when trying to stream HD movies from my PC to my TV and have run out of troubleshooting ideas on how to fix it.

Potentially relevant info:

- Currently just have the TV and the digital cable box hooked up with a hard-wired cat5 connecting the TV to the router.
- Computer is more than cable of playing HD videos itself and has no problems there. Computer specs are as follows: i5, 6850, 7200RPM HDD
- I have tried both the default samsung AllShare software and Serviio; they both result in the same Loading... messages every few seconds when trying to play HD video, but work fine with SD and lower quality resolution.
- My download and upload speeds are the exact same as they were months ago when the setup was working just fine; 5 down and 0.5 up when hard-wired.
- My router is a linksys WRT160N and was moved to a different spot; roughly ~4 feet from its old location.


I am still somewhat new to the whole streaming thing and was hoping someone on this forum has had a similar problem that they resolved or if anyone out there has any ideas on what could be wrong

Thanks
Edited by woahhh - 7/31/12 at 1:17am
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You didn't say how your PC is connected to the router.

You might try unplugging everything that's connected to your router (other than TV and PC) to see if that makes a difference. i.e. some other networked device might be interfering.

Also, wireless connections tend to be unreliable both because signal strength can vary (depending on where people and other obstructing objects are) and RF interference from other devices can cause problems. In particular, some cordless phones use the same frequency range. Another possibility is that your neighbors installed their own wireless networks, conflicting with yours.
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My PC is also hard-wired into the router.

I have also tried turning off all wireless devices and only had my PC and the TV hardwired.
Edited by woahhh - 7/31/12 at 2:37pm
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If you are getting choppiness and the computer is hardwired to the router, the tv is in turn also hard wired, that means that the router is the problem. Time to find a better router.
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If you are getting choppiness and the computer is hardwired to the router, the tv is in turn also hard wired, that means that the router is the problem. Time to find a better router.

What would exactly be the problem with my router? My download and upload speeds remain consistent, as well as my ping. Also, do you have any recommendations in regards to a good router? For a 2-story home with 2 laptops connected wirelessly and 2 desktop computers hard-wired, along with the television?
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Originally Posted by gregzoll View Post

If you are getting choppiness and the computer is hardwired to the router, the tv is in turn also hard wired, that means that the router is the problem. Time to find a better router.

What would exactly be the problem with my router? My download and upload speeds remain consistent, as well as my ping. Also, do you have any recommendations in regards to a good router? For a 2-story home with 2 laptops connected wirelessly and 2 desktop computers hard-wired, along with the television?
It does not matter what your download & upload speeds are from your ISP, it is how it handles QOS, and Multimedia multi-cast & unicast streams. Some routers do not handle very well, due to the processors in them are very under powered. That is why a lot op to roll their own routers with pfSense, m0n0wall, smoothwall, or go with business grade routers, not consumer garbage grade.

Check out the info at http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/view Also a lot are choosing the Cisco/Linksys E4200, because it can handle this stuff better than the one you have.
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