I thought I would start a new thread as the previous one regarding LibreElec hasn’t been active for a while.
I have a FiveNinjas Slice which I upgraded to LibreElec when the Movie database scrubbers stopped working.
Everything seemed fine, albeit the interface is a little slower than the Slice version, however recently I’ve had issues with smooth playback of some of my blu-ray rips that I’ve done using Make MKV. I’ve not check my whole library but it seems to be with films that are around 35Mb/s.
The issue is that playback freezes after an indeterminate amount of time and then starts again. It freezes between 0.5 and 5 seconds but without any buffering icons appearing on screen.
I suspected my network at first as I have recently replaced my HomeHub5 router with a MikroTik Routerboard but not convinced this is the issue and it’s hard to be certain as I’ve not had the opportunity to watch many movies this year so don’t know exactly when the issue started but I’m sure I’ve watched the film in question before without any issues.
My set up is, and apologies if it’s too detailed, Internet into Netgear modem into MikroTik hap router. Gigabit router NIC connected to Netgear ProSafe GS116 (1Gb/s). Into this is connected my Synology NAS where my films are stored and a cable run from this switch under the house to my living room to another Netgear ProSafe switch (1Gb/s). Connected to this is the Slice as well as a PS4, Sky box, Apple TV, etc.
The Slice has the NAS connected via NFS. According to the on screen debug log the CPU is running at 97-100% when playing the film back. I decided to copy the film to the internal storage to eliminate network issues. When copying the film, using the Kodi interface, I saw that the transfer speed didn’t get much above 4-5MB/s, similar to the speed when playing the film.
When playing the film from the internal drive it playbacks without any issue and the CPU is only running at 70-85%. I connected my laptop to the same local switch that the Slice is connected to and was able to copy the file from the NAS at over 40MB/s. I’ve also swapped network cables and ports on the switch. Checking the port lights on the switch it says the Slice is only connected at 100Mb/s, is this correct that the Slice NIC is only 100Mb capable?
I’ve tried saving an advencedsettings.xml to the userdata folder but whatever settings used, buffermode, memorysize, readfactor, seemed to make the issue more frequent rather than better.
The results seem to point that the network connection of the Slice isn’t good enough to maintain playback although it’s interesting that I don’t get any buffering notifications and the CPU is running higher than during local playback.
I’ve uploaded 2 log files, the first is from when playing the film over the network and the other when playing off the local HDD, I did a restart between playing the 2 files. I’ve also uploaded a screengrab of the network traffic from the NAS which shows the fluctuation in data rates, interestingly some of the freezes coincide with the peaks on the screen grab but have also happen on dips. There is a video too from a previous viewing where the data seems to drop around the freezes.
Screen shot and movie
Can you tell from the logs if it is a network data rate issue that is causing the problem and what I might be able to do to find a solution please?