I'm having some serious performance issues (i think) using raspbmc to stream videos/music from my windows XP machine.
The setup is as follows:
In the attic : Windows XP P4 3.4Ghz 4Gb ram, edimax wireless PCI card (B/G/N)
In the bedroom : Zoom 3G wireless router (B/G/N) - directly below the XP pc (probably about 2 to 3 metres distance)
In the Living Room : Raspberry Pi (Model B) - TP Link W823N wireless usb device, powered from an externally powered USB hub (about 3- 4 metres distance to the router)
Number of films : 40 Number of audio files : ~4000
The problem Apart from taking ages to scan the music files, very frequently I go to play an audio file, and the time slider is already at a value (say 00:30:22 - 30 seconds in), and refuses to move at all. selecting another music file gives me the same result (time-slider wise, and refusing to play-wise)
Also quite frequently, raspbmc reports that it cannot connect to the SMB server, and hangs.
I do intend to get myself a usb harddrive to store all these on, but in the meantime, i'd like to get SMB working smoother, but i'm not sure if it's an issue with raspbmc or XP.
opening up a Putty Session to the rapsberry Pi, and setting ping running reports an average of 5-6ms response and out of 2,500ish packets 5 were dropped.
occasionally the pings stop when i select a file that doesn't eventually play.
RaspBmc (Nightly build 12/1/2013) running on a samsung 8Gb class 10 card.
I am now trying setting up my win xp machine to server NFS, to see if this gives a performance improvement. I have also swapped the channel of the wireless from 10 to 6, as I believe this is a stronger channel along with 1 and 11.