Networking & wireless forum: Video streaming from a wireless router of slows to zero

by: adjuvantjfoster March 15, 2010 6:05 PM PDT

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Video streaming from a wireless router of slows to zero

by adjuvantjfoster - 3/15/10 6:05 PM

Video streaming from a wireless router of slows down, in a few tens of seconds, to zero throughput.

I have an Apple 2TB Time Capsule wireless (and wired) 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz wireless router

I am concerned that if I, and others, are already having wireless streaming problems with various makes of routers (allegedly, the same routers with wired streaming do not have this "buffer over run" problem if that is indeed the cause) then Apple and other router makers are in for a PR storm when the WiFi iPad hits the streets.

As for wireless buffers, I've heard it's possible to overrun the buffers to such a degree that they choke the machine to a standstill. One solution may be to throttle back the bandwidth slightly, and see if that improves things. (For example cutting back from HD picture quality on the Sling player software, though the problem is not limited to streaming from a SlingBox Pro)

Another possibility is the high-bandwidth throttling the ISPs have been known to do. They often assume you're running a bitTorrent link, and throttle you back to a turtle's pace to keep your system from seriously impacting the rest of the network's traffic. If you kill the stream and restart it, it will work OK for a while, until it goes over their thresholds and they throttle it down again. (This is how Comcast's "turbo boost" service works -- the boosted speed is the real speed of the service. The billed speed is what they supposedly throttle it back to.)

Has anyone done bench mark work on the streaming performance of wired vs wireless video streaming from routers?

Is this a known hardware issue that I am just becoming aware of?

If so, are there any other wireless routers that are specifically for streaming video that do not have that problem?

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