Sometimes my vero4K stops playing a video, and when that happens, other videos that played fine before stop playing as well.
By ‘stops playing’, I mean the video freezes, and starts buffering. Tonight this happened after 14 minutes; and after that, I couldn’t even play the start of the video (which played fine the first time). Other videos that played fine an hour ago don’t play anymore - the video freezes and buffers forever.
I don’t know if it’s related, but the first time it happened (tonight at least), I noticed a ‘connected to the internet’, as it if had lost connection. Then a ‘downloading updates’ message.
I rebooted the router; turned off my TV and soundbar; but it changed nothing. The vero doesn’t look like it’s overheating.
I checked similar topics, and in one of them there was a similar setup - movies & DB in a Synology NAS. But my SMB service seems to be fine.
Thanks; I will try that. And I will check, but I have installed Kodi on the Xbox and that works fine; and it’s the same setting.
Actually while I was typing this, I was on wireless connection, and my show which was frozen started to play again after 10 minutes. Then I switched back to wired; and then the same thing on reboot - ‘recent movies’ extremely slow to load; playing the same episode led to a freeze, and then after a few minutes, it unfroze like nothing ever happened.
It’s like it’s trying to cache something… and that cache gets flushed once in a while (maybe the last osmc update flushed it)
It looked to me like when you had an issue with playback the system was showing the ethernet connection went down. Is there a different port you could try on the switch it is connected to?
You might also try making sure that both ethernet and wireless is enabled and then shut down the Vero, unplug the ethernet cable, then power cycle to turn it back on with the ethernet cable still unplugged so its only connection is wireless and see if that stays up. When your using a shared database Kodi really doesn’t like it when you switch network connections on the fly.
@darwindesign thanks; I did notice that the connection info was updated on reboot, so I did reboot after every change. But I don’t think it’s the ethernet or wifi connection, at least not directly. Results are identical no matter the type of connection.
I think I managed to solve it: I got rid of my SMB share ( using SMBv2 didn’t help unfortunately); and implemented NFS, and transfer speeds are much quicker - simply listing a folder is at least 10 times quicker. I will test further but now I’m able to play stuff with no issue.
I really appreciate your help in this! I have been using SMB for at least 12 years; I was too lazy to change… you guys gave me the push I needed.
I see for instance:
info : CAESinkALSA::InitializeHW - Your hardware does not support AE_FMT_FLOAT, trying other formats
2023-08-13 13:16:38.158 T:2948 info : CAESinkALSA::InitializeHW - Using data format AE_FMT_S24NE4
but it’s “info” so I’m not sure it’s an issue.
The fact that I can play some videos with no issue and not others suggests that it’s linked to the video encoding and it’s not linked to the connection or bandwidth (in wired ethernet it should be fine anyway)
It looks like it is the bandwidth, for some reason. Transferring a file over NFS onto the Vero was about 1.5MB/s . It should be much faster. And while that was happening, playing an SD video was buffering.
I have a mesh router that’s connected to the main router via a MoCa ethernet adapter. Maybe that’s what is causing the issue, something degraded there.
Actually, my mesh router speed should be fine. My phone is connected to that same mesh router and download speeds (on the wifi) are around 200-500Mbps. (25/62MBps). So it might be related to the Synology drive… I’ll dig further.
If you can not bind the address on the NAS you can use iperf -c <IP of Vero> and run on Vero iperf -s. But be aware that iperf and iperf3 might not be able to communicate. If it doesn’t work with the NAS you first can also try Vero to e.g. your PC