video streaming from network PC - lag issue - help plz :(

Discussion in 'macOS' started by yuwing, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. yuwing macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2005
    I usually have the PC download videos (cuz it's a desktop with much more storage space than ibook) and have the ibook open it from all over the house so i can watch anywhere!

    Unfortunately, it lags! (it plays normally but skips a second or two then back to normal every 2-3 minutes)

    I have an SMC wireless router, WindowXP PC, and an ibook.

    PC *wired connection* to Router. Ibook has a wireless connection to router.

    I use VLC on my ibook to open the video (.avi - around 170mb file) from my PC harddrive.

    my brainstorming tells me the possible scenarios (but i'm not certain)...
    1) ibook - low transfer rate (3 bars wireless)
    2) VLC creating problems
    3) SMC slowing down due to too many ports open (I use azureus bittorrent)

    if u have any tips that can eliminate these problems shoot!

    thanks in advance!
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    1. I hope everything you're doing is legal.

    2. It's just a streaming lag. Your wireless network is rated at a maximum of (probably) 54Mbps within a few metres and from there it only gets worse. Either copy the whole movie onto the iBook before playing it or move closer to the wireless router for better playback. :)
  3. yuwing thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2005
    lol i'm downloading fansubbed anime! Totally legal :D

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