Information about box H96 MAX X4 SoC S905X4@2G/16/1GbE/Wifi[2/4GHz]/BT
To boot micro sd card you need to push button in the AV port. You only need to press the button once and system will boot from SD-Card if it’s available.
I used to boot dtb 2g_100mb (generic), dtb 2g_1gbit didn’t work for me. Unfortunately box on stock Andorid firmware also is 100Mbps, so it’s not capable of GibE.
From what I checked everything works fine.(list bellow)
TVH stream SD/HD - works fine
emby addon(installation, synchronization) - works fine
emby streaming - works fine
H264 video - works fine
HEVC - works fine
HEVC HDR10 - works fine
HEVC bitrate 60Mbps and bigger - works fine
UHD/FHD - works fine
HDMI CEC - works fine
WiFi 2,4 and 5GHz - works fine
LAN 100Mbps - works fine (it should by 1000)
BT, I only check that it’s available, didn’t connect anything - works fine
Audio passthrough work fine
BOX works with CoreELEC NG and NE edition, no problem with ethernet port.
If someone is looking for cheap STB for private streaming this is the BOX for you.
I would argue that any box or vendor that advertises GbE and only delivers 100Mb should not be considered. Same thing with my Tanix X4, waste of money.
GbE is available at comparable prices with 4GB and more emmc storage (not used by CE) also on “cheap” boxes however I respect the CE developers suggestions that user should first consider the officially support boxes even if they are bit more expensive.
For me the issue isn’t just one file, I am running a PVR server with multiple input and output streams. Live TV and in-progress recordings are typically not buffered like file playback might be so it needs a good constant stream.
As I stated in my first response the issue is falsely advertising capabilities. If it was marked 100Mb for those users like yourself that don’t care things would be fine.
One thing worth pointing out - if the UHD BD rip contains all the audio streams - then when you play this back via NFS or SMB the transport stream or MKV containing them will be sent over the network with all the streams in it. Only if you use something server-side that splits the streams out of the file will you only be streaming the audio you are listening to.
When the Vero 4K came out with 100Mbs Ethernet a while back there were lots of reports of it not coping with UHD BD rips that peaked at >90Mbs for some scenes (UHD and HD BDs are usually VBR encoded, not CBR, and can peak at the system maximum). Buffering can help - but if it’s an extended scene with lots of complex motion - you can run out of buffer. The same has been the case with other 100Mbs platforms. It’s a reasonably well known issue.
You can mitigate it with a USB->GigE adaptor - even if you only have a USB 2.0 port the ~300Mbs you’ll get will be enough.
The other reason for wanting GigE full-speed though, is if you want to copy files between a network and local storage connected to your Kodi device (which is a real-world use case for some of us)