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Bob Ross
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I am running a wireless network in my house with a router (802.11b).
I want to be able to watch videos across the network with out transfering them (streaming them instead almost). I know 802.11b is not very fast but it should be able to transmit 170mb episode in 40minutes (i.e. fast enough to stream it).
Any one know why this may not be able to?

What also puzzles me is the other day I transfered about 400mb between two machines both running 802.11g cards (but will be lmited by the 802.11b router) and it took about 40mins. But I downloaded the 500mb service pack for MS Visual Studio in around 15mins. How can the internet be faster than a local network?

Any advise would be appreciated!
Feb 1 '07
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Motoma
3,237 Recognized Expert Specialist
I couldn't get VLC to work (I think because of the coomputer I was using). But I managed to do it with TVersity (TVersity.com). A very good piece of free software that sets up a video server. You can even browse n pick what you want easily.

But that still leaves the question. If TVersity can transfer 200mb in 30mins why does it take windows an hour? Why is windows so bad a transfering files on a network. And is there any apps you can get to share network fiiles better.
Because when you use a network share, to the applications using the files, it looks like just another hard drive. The reason for this is so that every application doesn't need to code in network topology and protocols. All a program needs to do is say, "I need a file" and Windows will provide it.
As such, a program (a video player perhaps) may not perform as much read ahead caching. For instance, normally, a video player will grab chunks of a file at a time. So it will grab the first fifty megs of video when it opens up, and once it is down to a meg of video left, it will grab the next fifty megs. If this is all happening on a hard drive, grabbing fifty meg chunks happens much faster than the player can play a meg of video. However, if that file is on a network share, the amount of time to download the next fifty meg chunk will be considerably longer, possibly extending well past the last meg of video still cached.
Feb 6 '07 #11
Bob Ross
119 New Member
You seem to be missing my point slightly. I understand the concept of caching but the way I am doing it now will not change the cahche a great deal.

But my point is.... how come tversity can transfer a file in 10mins (at its fasest, but never much more) and windows takes 50mins every time?

Why is windows so slow at network transfers???
Feb 6 '07 #12
bartonc
6,596 Recognized Expert Expert
Is it posible that this is caused by virus scan software? I am currently facing delay/speed issues due to Norton AV. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Feb 7 '07 #13
bartonc
6,596 Recognized Expert Expert
You seem to be missing my point slightly. I understand the concept of caching but the way I am doing it now will not change the cahche a great deal.

But my point is.... how come tversity can transfer a file in 10mins (at its fasest, but never much more) and windows takes 50mins every time?

Why is windows so slow at network transfers???
Check out this link. It looks promising. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...treamserv.aspx
Feb 7 '07 #14
Cyberdyne
627 Recognized Expert Contributor
might be the fact that you are only allowed 10 concurrent tcpip connection under SP2 and the other systems are unlimited. Might be your wireless hardware like I said, range is not necessarily performance and if you want something fast try some of the new netgear routers. I had skipping problems with my dlink but now that I am running 240mb wireless there is no delays whatsoever.!

best luck, Cyber
Feb 9 '07 #15

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