Windows Media Services streaming audio - poor performance
Posted on 2004-04-05
I am using (trying to use, that is) Windows Server 2003's Windows Media Services component to stream 120kbps audio over my LAN. I got my publishing point set up and functional (unicast mode) but the performance I experience is absolutely horrible. The song will start out mostly ok for a couple of seconds, then will slow down drastically and begin to skip a lot, even with only one client. My server is a dual 400mhz PII box with 448mB RAM, about three or four times as much computer as Microsoft recomends for streaming 1000 unicasts. The cpu is running <10% and the hard drive (SCSI) is not in constant use (i.e. I think the bottleneck lies elsewhere). I use another Server 2003 box to route my 100mbps LAN, but I am fairly sure this box is not involved in the slowdown because I am able to listen to streaming Internet radio on the same client I am trying to recieve my own stream with.
Why isn't my audio playing smoothly and at the right tempo?
Have I done something wrong, or is my hardware insuficient?
I'm not by any stretch of the imagination an expert in this particular area, but I can easily provide all sorts of other information and perform suggested diagnostics.
Thank you in advance!