Originally Posted by m_snow
Uh huh, well glad you solved your problem but sorry I tried to help.
The problem isn't solved, but we're backeting closer - which is a good step for me.
IDK about others reading the thread, but I didn't see it as "trying to help. I read it as "trying to be right" and "trying to throw out 'smarter comments'", neither of which helps much. If I'm off base there, my apologies.
Just a couple of thoughts, from someone that's been in the tech business for 25+ years (note I said tech, not AV*):
- You said right up front that you hadn't been in my situation b/c your solution was different. I appreciated that, and clarified the differences and thanked you for your help
- SMB (Server Message Block) is a comms protocol, for accessing file shares. The PMS should be the only one using it, then serving everything else up via other protocols (https, for ex). Given that the other desktops in the house aren't having a problem, that's likely not the issue.
- Again, mapped drives or no shouldn't matter, if the other devices are all streaming better than the Mac. The only device accessing the share is the PMS, which is far less likely to be having problems if the other machines are fine.
- Whether or not you have problems with buffering doesn't affect how my setup works. If you brought YOUR iMac over to my house, connected to my network, and streamed from my PMS with no buffering, THAT would be a good test of whether or not there's a bottleneck. Then again, it would show that there's something wrong w/my iMac, which is what I actually suspect.
- Be careful using "bottleneck", that term is too ambiguous. You're basically saying "something isn't flowing right somewhere". I'm putting that straight in the "no diggity" column, since the whole reason I posted was b/c my iMac wasn't performing as well as everything else.
- I don't really understand the "larger DBs vs smaller DBs" comment? I have (maybe) 700 movies in my PMS, which is microscopic even for an Access DB.
- Processing power for transcoding is relevant, in as much as I understand transcoding, which is my weakest understanding of this conversation. The problem is that you don't know what I'm running my PMS on (hardware wise), so you can't really compare it to yours.
- For internet etiquette, I would strongly recommend against telling someone that they're all over the place, and then to calm down. A) That's just rude, B) It shows that you're "arguing to be right" vs. "trying to impart knowledge", C) You went from SMB to your rig, to bottleneck, to DBs - If anyone was all over the place you are. THAT's the point at which I decided you weren't trying to help, and why I responded "he's giving useful info... vs. DB size".
* Note that I said "tech" not AV. If I were AV, I would be stronger with things like transcoding, etc; and likely giving advice here than asking for it.