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Share playlists of videos to Xbox
Authored by: macman84 on Mar 25, '05 05:10:31PM
I typically get 7,000 to 9,000 kilobytes/sec transfer to and from my Xbox. I replaced my Xbox's hard drive from it's original 8 GB, to my Cube's old 20 GB, to a new 120 GB Segate 7200 RPM 8 MB cache.

What dashboard or FTP server are you using on your Xbox? That can make a big difference. I've had good luck with UnleashX, Avalaunch, and XBMC. What kind of router or switch are you connecting everything to? If you're on a 10 Base-T switch, that'll slow you down quite a bit. Make sure your cables are full duplex too.

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Share playlists of videos to Xbox
Authored by: nmerriam on Mar 25, '05 06:46:20PM

I've used XBMC (various release and CVS builds over the last 6 months), Avalaunch, even booting from a Slayer's disk to test. i believe they all use Filezilla in one form or another. I always get ridiculously slow speeds.

Switch to PC, go through same cables, same router (Netgear FWG114P), same wireless connection to a the XBox (it's downstairs on a 802.11b/g switch, which is why I don't get huge throughput even from the PC).

I've turned off IPV6 on OSX (heard somewhere that can affect network performance on badly set-up IPV4 nets), replaced the filezilla.xml on the XBox with different configurations, tweaked all the server setup in every way i could find, etc.

What's weird is that I can get 20-50K on EACH connection -- so if I transfer 6 files simultaneously, each one will top out at 50k (giving 300k effective throughput), but a single file will never use up all that throughput. The PC behaves as expected -- will peak at 600-800+, total, whether it's one file or a dozen.

But I can FTP from my OSX system to all my other servers (LAN and Internet) using the exact same FTP clients, exact same cable, router, config, etc, and get megabits per second up, so its not like the OSX box or some hardware in the loop is just inherently slow.

Partly I was asking just to make sure I wasn't missing some obvious configuration thing that "everybody knows" as far as connecting to the XBox from a Mac. I actually just fried my XBox Mobo a few days ago while doing some experimenting, so I need to replace the whole thing and want to get it set up right.

BTW, thanks for the blog link, I've been reading it and I'm definitely going to set up the RSS-BT. I could never quite get my IRC bot to grab HDTV rips the way I wanted, so I've been doing it manually. Like you, I've pretty much ignored my TiVo since XBMC became really stable and full-featured. $1,000 for HD-TiVo seems a little ridiculous :(

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