streaming movies to xbox360 over lan

Posted on 2010-01-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-11
Hi experts,

I'm looking to stream avi files from a network hard drive, to three xbox 360 consoles (one in each room in my new house).

Do you think I will experience sluggish performance?

Should I use stock xbox media player or XBMC?

Has anyone tried a similar setup? Recommended LAN HDDs?

Question by:george82
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    I am currently doing this on my XBox 360s and also to my PS3s. I am using a D-Link DNS-321 to store and stream movies to my systems. via LAN it works very well, via Wireless I experience some lag issues. ONe of my 360s has an 802.11n card and works just fine.

    So you shouldnt have any problems streaming from a network hard drive or a PC with Windows Media Player, TVersity or other streaming software.

    But compared to the original XBox's with XBMC, you will find that XBMC is more compatible and forgiving for media formats than the X360.

    Author Comment

    Thank you so much for the reply! a few follow-up questions:

    Are you streaming standard definition formats only or HD too? If HD too, what kind of HD files are streaming OK over LAN?

    I'm looking to run CAT5 cables from my warehouse to the 3 guest rooms in order to connect the HDD to XBOX, so I am interested in a solution that will give me the best movie playback performance over CAT5.

    Which protocol should give me the best streaming performance? I recall reading that some linux-based solutions had way better performance when compared to windows servers, is this the case?

    Thanks again!
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    I am streaming standard and HD. My HD are Blu-Ray rips. Most items streamed are in MP4, AVI and .ISO format. I do prefer DiVX for my video format, but notice depending on the encoding a huge delay, but that appears to be nothing more than it buffering.

    The NAS i am use is a very simple and cheap device that was roughly $150 and is linux based, it lacks a real processor and memory to offer better streaming. As long as you have a decent hardware to stream from you should not have any problems.

    Author Comment

    perfect - can you suggest a linux-based NAS up to $500 that will have more horsepower?
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    Expert Comment

    In that price standpoint you are looking at a few brands:
    LaCie, Buffalo, Netgear and a few others. You have a selection, i usually tend to goto and look at the different options they have and compare them side by side as to the features that are important to me. Narrow it down to what i want, then usually check on CNet Reviews for the products i picked to get another comparison.

    Expert Comment

    Hi I am using 2 Netgear Ready NAS Duo devices. These come in quite inexpensively and stream standard def no problems to both XBox 360 and PS3 using its own in built media streaming system.

    It does allow for a RAID setup also to protect your files.

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