I am using my Raspberry Pi to stream video and audio content off of my Macbook through an SMB share. The content will stream perfectly when it works but the SMB connection seems to drop at least once a day, if not more often. When this happens, the SMB connection repeatedly times out. Restarting the Pi and the Macbook only works intermittently. The Pi is wired to the network but the laptop is connected wirelessly. Any thoughts?

Operating system - OSX 10.9.2

Raspberry operating system - XBMC 12.3

  • Why use SMB. It is a B of a protocol, and every time you add another connection there is a fight about which is going to be bus master. Use SMB if you must communicate with Windows, otherwise use NFS.
    – Milliways
    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:44
  • I used to have a PC on the network that needed to share/access files but no longer, I'll try to switch to NFS and see if that works.
    – Vinnie
    May 1, 2014 at 13:54
  • Any recommendations for a good guide on setting up NFS?
    – Vinnie
    May 2, 2014 at 1:28

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I've had this exact same problem using SMB (with a pi as well as without). It was caused by failed hostname resolution issues that were due to conflicting WINS servers on the network.

Solution was to connect via IP instead of hostname.

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    I've only had this set up for a day or two but it certainly seems to be the answer! No connection drops so far.
    – Vinnie
    Jul 27, 2014 at 14:11
  • Glad to have been able to help you out @Vinnie. Hopefully the SMB connection stays up and running now you're connecting directly via IP :) Jul 29, 2014 at 17:26

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