View Full Version : Internet Radio cuts out after 30 minutes or so

2008-07-18, 09:23
I'm looking for suggestions on how to troubleshoot this and/or work around it. I'm trying to stream a radio station from the following URLs:

128kbps (
64kbps (

I started out with the 128kbps stream, and it seemed to play fine--for about 30 minutes or so, and then it just stops. If you push play again, the stream will pick up again and play for another 30 minutes or so. Sometimes it's less than 30 minutes, but I'm not sure it's ever lasted longer.

Things I've tried:

- Multiple versions of SqueezeCenter. I've tried the 6.5x series, the 7.0 series, and I'm now on a 7.1 nightly. The 6.5 series stuttered instead of stopping, but other than that, it was the same.

- Just stream it on the PC. Yep, on the PC it doesn't stop after 30 minutes, so I think that shows it's not a problem with my Internet connection.

- Lower bitrate stream. I tried 64kbps, same results. My 1.5 Mbps DSL connection may be pokey, but it should definitely handle that fine.

- Take wireless out of the picture. Same results wired.

- Proxied vs. native playback. Same results either way.

I could open a bug if I only knew more. I'm thinking that the stream periodically "refreshes" or does some fancy redirection that my PC can understand but the SB3 can't. Could I use Mplayer (I'm on Linux) to read the stream and redirect it to SqueezeCenter, like the AlienBBC plugin does? How would I do this? What do you think?

2008-07-18, 09:41
Couple of things you can try.

In Settings -> Player -> Now Playing Information, choose Show Buffer Fullness. You should get around 20 seconds of audio buffered for this station (10 / 10). It should basically never drop lower than that unless there are internet issues.

Enable the following logging options:

And check the server.log file after the stream fails to see what went wrong.