Originally Posted by signcarver
When you say you are streaming from your NAS, are you really streaming (such as through DLNA) or just playing a file. Primes, and WMC use UDP packets for streaming which are not recovered if there is any error where playing a file (including in WMC but not streaming to an extender) uses TCP (or if streamed may use UDP but may allow for recovery at higher layers... WMC does not do this with the higher layers and displays various error messages that may or may not relate to the problem) to deliver the content and if there is an error it can be resent as a result, comparing playing a file from the NAS is far different than streaming from a prime or from WMC to the extender so you generally can not say it is not the network because the WHS/NAS works. WMC is very sensitive to various timings and error rates than most programs would ever be. The other thing is for many managed switches provide more problems with cablecard tuners and WMC unless you know how to manage the switch. I'm not sure what dell calls it but generally I have found that most ports connected to end devices should have "portfast" (or whatever dell calls it) that "disables" STP on those ports (it may still listen such as with bdpu guard). Have you done the packet loss tests SD recommends in their troubleshooting? This page
is in the non-prime section but has many ideas and instructions for running a test on the prime at the end as well as other windows general network fixes?
The other thing it can be is the drive as WMC always is using the drive whether recording or playing live tv. My greatest improvement to overcoming drive errors was to move the buffer to another drive (I was going through a new drive every 2 months when buying the cheapest rather than paying attention to quality... none of the drives tested bad, they, I believe the controller, just couldn't handle the load of a few HD streams 24/7 as there would always be an extender or two playing live TV somewhere in the house)
You may also wish to look up registry settings to allow for a greater tolerance of bad packets that ends up with that weak signal error... some have said it works while others don't think it does much.
When I say "stream" I really mean playing a file 1080p bluray file from Mediabrowser (which points to my NAS).
My Dell poweredge is running in an unmanaged mode, I can try to turn this on and look at some configurations.
I went to your link on Silicondust and did everything they recommended and I still got the freeze.
I ran the Low level test for network packet loss - PRIME (http://www.silicondust.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?t=5877
and I see that around 10minutes of running the test I get ss then sn. They say the s is informational and the n is network packet loss. It is followed by dots, so it looks something like this:
I am guessing where the n appears is where WMC freezes.
I will continue to look into this and I still have not tried from another PC but should be able to tomorrow.
I appreciate any help and any advise.