I did notice you are only running a single core on the EX490 (I thought it had more jam)
Try a file that has been giving you grief....one of the MP4's.
Make sure you have your task manager open. Open the Network tab. From there, you can watch both the traffic on network, and at bottom of screen, you have your CPU usage as well, or you can switch back and forth between the Network tab and the CPU tab, your choice.
Just take note of which, if either is maxing out at or near 100%. A max out on either value, can cause your stream to stutter, or even time out if it takes too long to catch back up.
Like I said, your buffer value is only important, when you are using the buffer. Most MP4's don't use buffer, they stream, but if you have to transcode the file for some reason, like the audio is not compatible, you MAY need that extra buffer zone.
PS : I am currently trying the movie "The Blindside". The file info: 2.05 GB, .mp4, 1280X720p, 5.1 AAC audio Network usage 70%, CPU usage around 45 % +
According to the on-screen PS3 display menu (not entirely accurate, just a reference point), my audio is streaming at around 300kbps, and video is averaging about 2.4 Mbps. These values are actually pretty low when compared to transcoding or muxing some high quality MKV's, yet my network is humming along at around 70% usage. I have even had 4GB M2TS files running 5.1 audio with 640 kbps and video pushing 50 Mbps, that don't demand as much from CPU or LAN. WHY? I am unsure as to why some demand more than others, especially when comparing MP4 and M2TS files ( both streamable and native to PS3 )
I am still learning, right along side with you as I have only had PS3 Media Server for about 3 weeks now, after dropping Tversity, but these are just a few things I have noticed.
It seems like it is a balance between CPU usage and network usage. Either one fails, you run into problems.
Another tip is, if playing files that do put a strain on either CPU or network,try not to do what I used to do, and that is mess around on computer while file is playing. Sometimes opening other windows and doing tasks that may require a pop from your memory banks or processor can cause either value to spike tremendously.
EDIT: I did check out your media sever online, and it is a gigabit router so I would think it SHOULD handle the traffic, but I am not sure how they work, if they auto-detect your connection, what type of connection you need, if different. Maybe there is some kind of setting with regards to running the gigabit feature to maximize your network potential. I will do some reading and try to find out as this is a direction I would also like to take (gigabit). Keep me posted, I am curious about your scenario.
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