EDIT: skip to the bottom couple of posts for resolution. Homeplugs were the source of all my problems. Hard wired Cat5E into gigabit DLink DIR-655 has sorted everything.
EDIT: the first question I should probably ask is: what do people with gigabit networks see PMS syncing with their PS3 at?
I've used these forums for support for ages, but never actually signed up. I thought I should seeing as a) I have a question I cannot find an answer to and b) hopefully I can feedback from my own experiences in order to help others. I use PMS as my main media server from Windows 7 for PS3 over a gigabit network. The PC is connected to my router via gigabit homeplugs. I am currently at v1.71, but this issue has been around since back in 1.3 era versions iirc. My NAS holds nearly 1TB of media, however this is split over many folders across 4 different shares. PC is running on older Q6600 CPU with 4GB memory on IP-35 Pro mobo. Windows 7 is x64.
My issue is this:
PMS syncs the network speed significantly below the speed my network can deliver. I want to understand why this is happening and whether it is the cause of my slow browsing speeds in the library (I have tried recreating the library and starting the database from scratch, but that hasn't helped)
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Address /192.168.1.64 has an estimated network speed of: 73 Mb/s
With the homeplugs being the limiting factor in my network, I can copy files between my PC and Nas at approximately 16MB/s, which is fine for what I require. Read speeds are a bit quicker. Without the homeplugs the write speeds can reach 24MB/s - the limiting factor at that point is the chipset in my ReadyNAS Duo. But 16MB/s is average with homeplugs. Now, I have tried auto-negotiation and I've tried forcing the PC, D-Link DIR-655, ReadyNAS Duo and the PS3 to all be 1000Mb full-duplex. The NIC on the PC shows 1.0Gb, the PS3 shows 1000Mb as does the DLink and the NAS. PMS still won't sync at anything past 73Mb/s (sometimes lower).
- Updated my PC chipset drivers
- Updated my NIC drivers (Marvell Yukon Generic Gigabit)
- Configured all hardware to run at 1000Mb full-duplex
- Confirmed that all cabling in my setup is Cat5e (the fact that the existing setup transfers files between PC and NAS above Cat5 speeds proves that but I'm adding it here for clarity
- PMS is set to use the gigabit PCI card and NOT the onboard 100MB card
- I have set the maximum network speed to 0, which should mean unlimited
The 73Mb/s sync speed is suggestive of it believing it is only able to sync at 100Mb/s. I occasionally get stutter on playback of larger size files, and browsing the library takes an age despite having enabled the media library and scanning the shares in PMS.
My conclusion at this point is that it is either a setting or configuration I've missed in PMS, or the gigabit NIC on the PS3 is crap. I know I can copy (read) files from my NAS to my PC via the DLink router at above 16MB/s (its around 18 to 20), which shows the network between these is working as expected. The fact that PMS shows the lower sync speed to the PS3 suggests its the PS3. I am yet to test the Xbox sync speed via PMS, but as Xbox has 100Mb NIC I'm not expecting any significant figures. I guess if that syncs at around the same speed I can say that yes, the PS3 doesn't appear to be capable of the supposed gigabit speed I've configured it for...
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I love using PMS and the browsing issues have been causing me issues for some time (including the 2006 error which appears when it seems to 'time out', and again the sync speed in the log made me think whether the bandwidth was the issue). Be great to sort this out.
Thanks for reading this far.