Hi everyone. I was hoping someone here could give me some advice about a problem I'm having. Just a few days ago, I purchased a base configuration Mini, to use as a HTPC. So far, I absolutely love it. I'm playing some roms on my television using an XBOX 360 controller, which is almost worth the price alone. I'm also using Plex to play back ISO's of the movies I own (the physical DVD clutter is terrible... all digital baby). Currently, the movies reside on a HP Mediasmart EX485. The Mediasmart is connected to a router upstairs. A cable from the primary router is going to a Linksys hub. From there, a cable is plugged right into my Mini. When I'm playing these rips in Plex, however, they don't run particularly smoothly. About every 30-40 seconds, it almost looks as if the Mini skips frames (or just gets slightly choppy). Considering the setup is all wired, I'm not sure why I'm having this problem. My next step is to just play the movies from an external hdd attached to the Mini, but I'd really like to be able to stream them from a device that is easily expandable. I've tried playing the files in VLC from the server, and there is no long-term choppiness. However, the movies would pause (for only 3-4 seconds) occasionally, which leads me to believe the Mediasmart is not streaming fast enough. Although I couldn't see why this would be the case... Does anyone know why the videos are playing back choppy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!