- Jan 6, 2004
I've got a WDTV Plus hooked up to my system downstairs, and a lot of music and movies on hard drives upstairs. The music plays perfectly through the WDTV, and avi and mkv and wmv files also play fine. But rips of DVDs tend to have problems. They pause, as if buffering, every 30 seconds to couple minutes. So my question is: what's causing this? I'm using the standard 2Wire router that came with my AT&T DSL. I'm running an ethernet cable to the WDTV (not wireless). Shouldn't this router be able to handle the 10mps peak that watching a DVD requires? Is my network speed different than my internet download/uploads speeds? Is it affected by simultaneous downloading or uploading? How can I check it? Do I need a new router? I notice new ones have Gigibit ethernet. Does that require a special cable? Etc. etc. Your help is greatly appreciated. EDIT: So I used LAN Speed Test to determine the speed between my HTPC upstairs and WDTV downstairs: 49 mbps writing / 44 mbps reading. I'm using a cat5e ethernet cable. A DVD doesn't ever peak much higher than 10 or maximum 12 mbps, so what's going on here?