As most of you now, Minix U9-H has a gigabit-ethernet port, which suits my network quite good. I only have cat6 cables in my house.
With that being said, I am a bit puzzled over the transfer speed from my Xpenology NAS (gbit) and my Minix (bit port). I end up with somewhere around 7 mb/s (50-60 mbps). Is that really a fair value? The box can’t really play uhd-movies from my nas. It takes a couple I’d minutes before they start playing and will stop to buffer almost immediately and this process will continue as the movie goes on.
I know that cheap sd-cards can be a bottleneck, and I do not rule that out yet, but I think my Samsung Evo, class10 card should cut it.
SD card is the bottleneck probably. Try to transfer a file to /dev/null or use iperf to see the real speed.
You could try to installtointernal if you don’t need the Android.
Also you could see about kodi cache settings.
Just changed STORAGE label to /dev/data to utilize the internal memory, and just use SD-card to boot. I guess that should have the same effect to transfer speed as to installtointernal?
Anyway, after changing label, nothing really changed in terms of transfer speed or playability. It takes thre minutes to start a UHD movie, and when it finally starts, it just contantly stops to buffer.
What kind of transfer speed do you have, and what do you consider a fair speed is?
I would have expect at least, at lest 20-30 mb/s?!
Currently I use a LePotato which is 100Mbit and I get full 100mbit/s through sftp.
I also have a C2 and in iperf it was 1Gbit/s but I could never reach those values through sftp/ssh. Are you using Samba/Windows Share?
Can you try iperf. It is in the network-tools addon iirc.
Thanks for your feedback Ray!
I do not use samba anymore (I thought it became more shaky when I replaced my server), I use NFS from my Synology server.
I will see if I am able to execute on iperf, seems a bit too complex for me. I successfully installed the Network Tools on my box though. See if I can find a good guide.
I discussed this matter with a friend, and we agreed on that changing the label name to utilize internal memory may not make a difference as the kodi folders might still remain on the SD card (bottleneck)
Hi @Ray, I got this working with help from a friend. I must say I am a bit surprised by the result, in several ways. It is much better that what I have measured by moving a file back and forth. On the other hand, quite disappointing given the fact that this is gbit network:
Connecting to host 192.168.1.28, port 5201
[ 4] local 192.168.1.166 port 51744 connected to 192.168.1.28 port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 22.2 MBytes 186 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 23.1 MBytes 194 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 25.1 MBytes 211 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 25.2 MBytes 212 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 25.1 MBytes 210 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 25.1 MBytes 211 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 24.5 MBytes 206 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 23.8 MBytes 199 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 24.8 MBytes 208 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 25.4 MBytes 213 Mbits/sec
Thanks for the heads up Poida, I am well aware. But to be honest, I do not see any other way forward, as the “safer” way did not improve performance at all!!
I did some more exntended testing. I moved the MINIX and connected it to the router directly, and also introduced my homebuilt Libreelec HTPC. This time, one old switch and my windows desktop was bypassed. When Minix acted as a server, and Libreelecbox as a client, I got some other figures.
Connecting to host 192.168.1.28, port 5201
[ 5] local 192.168.1.35 port 38142 connected to 192.168.1.28 port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bitrate Retr Cwnd
[ 5] 0.00-1.00 sec 107 MBytes 899 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
[ 5] 1.00-2.00 sec 112 MBytes 942 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
[ 5] 2.00-3.00 sec 112 MBytes 944 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
[ 5] 3.00-4.00 sec 111 MBytes 934 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
[ 5] 4.00-5.00 sec 112 MBytes 944 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
[ 5] 5.00-6.00 sec 111 MBytes 933 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
[ 5] 6.00-7.00 sec 112 MBytes 944 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
[ 5] 7.00-8.00 sec 112 MBytes 943 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
[ 5] 8.00-9.00 sec 112 MBytes 944 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
[ 5] 9.00-10.00 sec 111 MBytes 934 Mbits/sec 0 2.90 MBytes
Thanks for your feedback! Okay, so storage might not be a factor. And I agree with you, 200-300 mbps should be enough for any content.
But, it is so annoying that I only can get a fifth of the speed I “should” get. It seems to me that I can rule out every network component from the equation, no cable or switch seem to be the bottleneck.
I use 2 x96 boxes (S905, 2GB/16GB, 1GB eth). Transfer speeds from my NAS are also crap and I only managed to stream from it, without buffering, when I changed from SMB to NFS shares. I’m not sure what your setup is, just thought it worth mentioning, because I’ve not had an issue since (I don’t bother with 4K files though, so can’t comment on them)
Yeah, I also use NFS nowadays.
I tried a 4k movie yesterday, 21gb so not that heavy. I took a minute to start and it stopped about 10 times to buffer during the two hour movie.
Not really satisfying, unfortunately.
Read this as as well
Have you logged into your router and looked at the connected devices.
My router shows the speed connection of all connected devices both WiFi and Ethernet.
I only have Cat5 cables in my home and don’t do 4K anything so mine looks as below.