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Old 30-12-2012, 13:01
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I have a pc connected with external harddrives with some movies and tv shows

Whats the best way to access these files from my tablet and stream them should i want to watch them around the house?

The pc is connected to my router by a lan cable and my samsung galaxy tab2 is connected to wifi from the same router

The firmware i havenit jellybean so could anybody help on whats the best and easeist way to do this
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Old 30-12-2012, 22:50
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I use BSPlayer FREE. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...b2lkLmZyZWUiXQ..

It needs a bit of set-up in terms of making the relevant drives / folders on your pc shareable and the LAN settings in the app...but if I can do it I'm sure you can.
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Old 30-12-2012, 22:52
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i use Skifta .... very easy to use !
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:35
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i use Skifta .... very easy to use !
I had a lot of problems with Skifta. Now I use BubbleUPnP, the interface isn't as pretty as Skifta but I find it much more robust.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:00
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I would like to hear your comments about streaming video. What are your experiences with it? e.g. my home wifi network here can stream videos with up to 4Mbps bit rate which is enough for files at 1280x720 resolution. Is that normal? Anything higher and it starts to buffer. I must admit I was expecting full HD streaming - the wireless network runs at 130Mbps so why can't it cope with 10Mbps video bit rates?
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:01
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I would like to hear your comments about streaming video. What are your experiences with it? e.g. my home wifi network here can stream videos with up to 4Mbps bit rate which is enough for files at 1280x720 resolution. Is that normal? Anything higher and it starts to buffer. I must admit I was expecting full HD streaming - the wireless network runs at 130Mbps so why can't it cope with 10Mbps video bit rates?
probably because its transcoding the video
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:02
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probably because its transcoding the video
No, I don't think it's that. They are H.264/AAC MP4 files which play natively.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:40
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Ah, I found a Microsoft support document. Increasing the block size of the server service allows for faster file transfer. I just tested it and can now watch 1080p streaming without any buffering. Amazing!

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223140
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Old 02-01-2013, 21:14
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Search android market for dlna - lots of choice.

I would recommend downloading a couple to try as they do a similar job, but the interfaces used are a personal preference. I have a PS3 so dont use Skifta as its not as intuitive as others (but still very good).
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Old 02-01-2013, 21:30
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No, I don't think it's that. They are H.264/AAC MP4 files which play natively.
I suspect the application is still transcoding to change resolution and I suspect they are not being passed over as MP4. Check you CPU level on your PC when you are playing back on the mobile device.
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Old 02-01-2013, 21:46
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Try Air Video

http://www.inmethod.com/air-video/in...9F012538643A1C
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Old 03-01-2013, 13:39
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I would like to hear your comments about streaming video. What are your experiences with it? e.g. my home wifi network here can stream videos with up to 4Mbps bit rate which is enough for files at 1280x720 resolution. Is that normal? Anything higher and it starts to buffer. I must admit I was expecting full HD streaming - the wireless network runs at 130Mbps so why can't it cope with 10Mbps video bit rates?
Have you done a speed test from your Nexus to see what actual Wifi bandwidth you are getting?

From my setup, I can stream SD video fine throughout the house but HD tends to be a little jumpy in places so I don't bother.

However, my favourite use of my Nexus is as a remote control for streaming from a NAS drive to a WD Live box connected to the TV via Homeplugs. HD works fine in this case.
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Old 03-01-2013, 13:41
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I suspect the application is still transcoding to change resolution and I suspect they are not being passed over as MP4. Check you CPU level on your PC when you are playing back on the mobile device.
OK, I did this last night. CPU is as low as 2%. I have Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz.
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Old 03-01-2013, 13:41
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Have you done a speed test from your Nexus to see what actual Wifi bandwidth you are getting?
I'm using an iPod touch. Speed test is 13Mbps down.
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Old 03-01-2013, 13:51
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I'm using an iPod touch. Speed test is 13Mbps down.
Ah - so your "130 Mbps" in your original post was a typo? I thought it sounded fast!

Personally, I would expect a 13 Mbps link to struggle with a HD stream without any breakups.
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Old 03-01-2013, 14:00
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Ah - so your "130 Mbps" in your original post was a typo? I thought it sounded fast!

Personally, I would expect a 13 Mbps link to struggle with a HD stream without any breakups.
No, sorry. 13Mbps is the speedtest result from the Internet to my iPod.

The internal wireless network (PC / router / iPod) should operate around 130Mbps (802.11n) but realistically it will be 54Mbps as in 802.11g.

I can fully stream 1080p videos from my laptop to my iPod now I've altered the SMB setting whereas before it would buffer. Heck, there is even enough juice to buffer ahead now!
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Old 03-01-2013, 16:15
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OK, I did this last night. CPU is as low as 2%. I have Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz.
Have you had a look at qloud ?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....vega.ad&hl=en
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