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I've set up my Pi with minidlna. My PS3 sees it and I can play media files of most sort. There are a few minor performance issues though. Playing video is sometimes a bit choppy (which I can live with), but what really bothers me is that it can take 10 seconds or more to start playing a mp3. So browsing through music becomes very annoying and almost impossible.

I have a WD Passport USB powered external HDD hooked up to the Pi with the media files on it. I can transfer data at up to 30MB/s so I don't think the drive itself is the issue.

Is this a common issue? Has anyone had similar experiences?

  • I have a very similar setup, and I experience the same types of performance issues. Overclocking the Pi does not seem to have any effect. I am using a wireless connection with my PS3, however. From my experience overall, the PS3 wireless performance is terrible. Is your PS3 wired or wireless? My next step is to try a wired connection. – user13181 Feb 28 '14 at 17:20
  • If the minidlna does not support hardware encodding then it will be choppy because it uses CPU. This is for transcodding but maybe try h264/mp4 video and see it that helps. – Piotr Kula Feb 28 '14 at 18:35
  • Using a wired connection fixed this for me. Although theoretically a wireless connection should be sufficient to play media fast and smooth, I'm guessing there is too much overhead? – Markus Feb 28 '14 at 20:45

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