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mirhon
2009-03-19, 10:35
From time to time I suffer from rebuffering :-(
I tried some things and it seems that distance, some settings (dhcp, encoding etc., mode type b or g) on access point doesn’t influence on it.
So I consider changing my setup and go for wired. The question is : is only wifi installation affected by rebuffering?

Mark Lanctot
2009-03-19, 10:44
It's not 100% guaranteed...it is 99.9% guaranteed. :-)

Ethernet has so much more bandwidth, you should never encounter a rebuffering issue. About the only problem you'd ever encounter is a bad cable, switch or NIC.

It's not affected by distance (not in a home anyway), interference, competing networks, etc. Generally, it just works, you never have to fiddle with it or worry about it.

snarlydwarf
2009-03-19, 10:53
From time to time I suffer from rebuffering :-(
I tried some things and it seems that distance, some settings (dhcp, encoding etc., mode type b or g) on access point doesn’t influence on it.
So I consider changing my setup and go for wired. The question is : is only wifi installation affected by rebuffering?

Rebuffering is basically, "the player ran out of data, it seems to have gotten delayed somewhere."

In many (most?) cases this is caused by wifi problems. A connection that drops out whenever the next door neighbor picks up the phone or turns on the microwave, for example.

Going to a wired connection in virtually all cases (except those where your wiring sucks...) fixes that hop.

If, on the other hand, the dropouts/rebuffering are cause by a slow upstream link (ie, radio drops out, but local music doesn't..) then moving to a wired connection won't help: smacking your ISP around or paying for a fatter connection would be the real fix.

Kyle
2009-03-19, 16:54
I highly recommend wired. My SB3 worked fine for a couple of years, then I began to have dropouts -- probably due to neighbors setting up wireless networks, but who knows? I paid $100 for an alarm company to run CAT-5 from my bedroom to my den (other end of the house). It was money well spent.

cdmackay
2009-03-19, 17:05
Kyle wrote:
> I highly recommend wired. My SB3 worked fine for a couple of years,
> then I began to have dropouts -- probably due to neighbors setting up
> wireless networks, but who knows? I paid $100 for an alarm company to
> run CAT-5 from my bedroom to my den (other end of the house). It was
> money well spent.

If you require any more wires putting in, please feel free to give me a
call.

:)

iPhone
2009-03-19, 19:36
Kyle wrote:
> I highly recommend wired. My SB3 worked fine for a couple of years,
> then I began to have dropouts -- probably due to neighbors setting up
> wireless networks, but who knows? I paid $100 for an alarm company to
> run CAT-5 from my bedroom to my den (other end of the house). It was
> money well spent.

If you require any more wires putting in, please feel free to give me a
call.

:)

I hope you are not expecting Kyle to pay for your travel. UK to NC is a long swim or expensive plane ticket! ;=}

MeSue
2009-03-19, 21:23
From time to time I suffer from rebuffering :-(
I tried some things and it seems that distance, some settings (dhcp, encoding etc., mode type b or g) on access point doesn’t influence on it.
So I consider changing my setup and go for wired. The question is : is only wifi installation affected by rebuffering?

Generally, rebuffering is usually a wifi issue, but I have also seen rebuffering due to other issues. I know one time I was getting rebuffering a lot when I all I had was an SB2, and a clean install of Squeezecenter resolved it. The "Trackstat Playlist" plug-in is also known to cause rebuffering in some situations. (The clue is if the rebuffering is always at track changes.)