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Some background to the question:

A few weeks ago I set up a media server on my Pi 2 using minidlna, it was connected to my home network and could stream 720p 60fps video very well. I did, however, want to make it portable, so I bought a Pi 3 B+, and I set minidlna up as before, and also installed hostapd and dnsmasq in order to use it as wireless access point. I followed this tutorial for that: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/wireless/access-point.md

However, after completing that tutorial and connecting to the wireless access point using my phone, the server was acting a lot slower than it was before on the weaker Pi 2. There was a 2 to 3 second lag between opening a folder and the items in the folder loading, and then video wasn't streaming as well with a bigger pause before it started playing.

My actual question: Why is this, is it down to hostapd using system resources? I considered this but surely the significantly more powerful 3 B+ wouldn't run slower even with hostapd installed, so what is causing the server to run slower?

  • 'after completing that tutorial and connecting to the wireless access point on my phone,' So you connect your Pi that runs as an AP to your phones AP? Do you use 2 wifi dongles in your Pi? – Dirk Aug 15 '18 at 18:47
  • @Dirk No, I meant I connect to the wireless access point that the Pi now is, using my phone. As in I select it from the list of wifi networks.I updated the post for clarity, sorry, I worded that poorly. – Ethan Gascoigne Aug 15 '18 at 18:57

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