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Scae
2007-08-04, 07:07
Hi,

I was running the Slimserver tests to see if I could pinpoint a signal problem on my network.
I occaisionally get this message when running bitrate tests.

Control Connection : OK
Streaming Connection : Inactive
Signal Strength : OK
Server Response Time : OK

It does that for a bit, then a minute or two later it's fine again. I wondered if that's normal or not?

Also when running these tests am I meant to be playing music at the same time? Because there's a marked difference. When not playing music I can get about 1000kbps at 100% and even 5000kbps has an average over 80%. But while I play music through the Squeezebox my rates drop to looking something like this:

Tested at 192kbps

< 10 : 0 : 0%
< 20 : 2 : 1%
< 30 : 10 : 3% #
< 40 : 27 : 9% ####
< 50 : 27 : 9% ####
< 60 : 30 : 10% #####
< 70 : 28 : 9% ####
< 75 : 12 : 4% ##
< 80 : 4 : 1%
< 85 : 7 : 2% #
< 90 : 6 : 2% #
< 95 : 3 : 1%
< 100 : 0 : 0%
>=100 : 144 : 48% ########################
max : 100.000000
min : 15.789474
avg : 76.510294



More about my network:

Currently running a Linksys DG834G router on the 3rd floor of the house.
The Squeezebox 3 is in the basement.

Originally the singal was about 20-30%, however I added a Netgear DRE54G range expander and the signal boosted to 100%, only to randomly drop to 30% again and stay there.
Was trying to work out why... to no avail really.

Edit: Realised that this should have been posted in the Beginners forums. Sorry 'bout that.

Mark Lanctot
2007-08-04, 10:09
Control Connection : OK
Streaming Connection : Inactive
Signal Strength : OK
Server Response Time : OK

It does that for a bit, then a minute or two later it's fine again. I wondered if that's normal or not?

Right below that is the following:


Squeezebox2/3 may close the streaming connection towards the end of a track once it is transfered to the buffer within the player. This is not cause for concern.


Also when running these tests am I meant to be playing music at the same time? Because there's a marked difference.

Yes, definitely.


But while I play music through the Squeezebox my rates drop to looking something like this:

Tested at 192kbps

< 10 : 0 : 0%
< 20 : 2 : 1%
< 30 : 10 : 3% #
< 40 : 27 : 9% ####
< 50 : 27 : 9% ####
< 60 : 30 : 10% #####
< 70 : 28 : 9% ####
< 75 : 12 : 4% ##
< 80 : 4 : 1%
< 85 : 7 : 2% #
< 90 : 6 : 2% #
< 95 : 3 : 1%
< 100 : 0 : 0%
>=100 : 144 : 48% ########################
max : 100.000000
min : 15.789474
avg : 76.510294

Is this the buffer fill rate we're seeing? If so, that could be normal for a 192 kbps MP3, it may not fill the buffer completely. Were you getting dropouts during this?

How do higher bitrate or lossless files play?


Originally the singal was about 20-30%, however I added a Netgear DRE54G range expander and the signal boosted to 100%, only to randomly drop to 30% again and stay there.
Was trying to work out why... to no avail really.

That signal strength is just too low. Your router and the Squeezebox are simply too far apart.

You may want to play with channel reassignment and antenna orientation as described here:

http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?NetworkProblemsSecondGuide