Originally Posted by Crazytrekker
I continue to be at a loss to understand why my 203 is either perfect or awful (very little in between) at streaming DMB shares (FLAC files ripped at level 6) over wi-fi from my Synology NAS.
I have Sky superfast broadband with their newest router.
At 2am it is perfect. Lightning fast. Art loads instantly. Music starts instantly.
At 9:30 am, for instance, its sluggish as hell. Art doesn't load. Music stutters. The remote doesn't work. Its just awful - while my Denon receiver seems just fine at the exact same time. I should note, however, that at times both the Oppo and the Denon receiver lose track of what I am playing - so while I might be listening to track 4 the display is already telling me I'm listening to track 5...
I realise network traffic is greater at 9:30am. But I'm getting about 60mbps at 2am and about 40 mbps now. So it can't make all that much difference surely?
Is there a trick to improving this - other than a wired connection? I've tried network standby on/off with no apparent difference. Is it basically a problem with streaming largish FLAC files over MP3?
For this scenario, it’s not about aggregate data rates (i.e. total Mbps), it’s about packet loss. If you are simply transferring a file, packet loss isn’t the “end of the world”, as the underlying protocols will recognize and recover those lost packets. But if you are streaming content, and, also incurring significant packet loss, then that presents itself in undesirable ways (e.g. stuttering, etc.). Again, the networking protocols will take steps to recover those lost packets, but that breaks up the whole streaming process.
Just the fact that you see different rates, at different times, within your own (internal) WiFi network is an indication that it is suffering from some sort of interference, possibly from other WiFi networks, and/or from some other electronic devices. (E.G. I’ve witnessed WiFi disruption while a microwave oven was running. Although it isn’t likely that it is bleeding microwave radiation, it is bleeding other radio spectrum interference, and the point is, that other devices are capable of a similar behavior.)
I have no idea if you are in an apartment, or have other houses, 10 feet away, or what your situation might be, but I can only guess that other WiFi networks might be part of the problem. I also know nothing about your Sky device, but _most_ WiFi routers are configurable. There are a number of WiFi “channels” that are utilized by each of the WiFi spectrums, and the default setting on most WiFi routers is to allow the device to “Auto select” a channel. However, most (decent) WiFi routers also allow you to manually select a specific channel. Assuming that you have access to your Sky device, and that it is configurable, you might try selecting (and testing) different channels, in the hope that you can find one that is “less impacted” by other routers in your “neighborhood”.
(If you hard-code a channel,the connecting devices will then, also lock into that channel, when they attach to your specific SSID.)