Hi all - Will try to explain carefully ... thanks for reading ...
I am experiencing intermittent issues when watching a movie, which is a 7GB file on a local network drive of mine. Downstairs all works fine. Upstairs, when the issue occurs, the movie will play for 10 seconds, then I get a wait-icon (hourglass or what have you) for about 10 second, back & forth over & over.
Sometimes it behaves this way, and other times is perfect.
Fast Ethernet service (Time Warner) from the street into my Modem. All over Downstairs it clocks at 110 Mb download and 13 Mb upload, using speedtest.net.
UPSTAIRS I have an Apple Airport Express, setup as a Bridge "Extend an existing network", which worked fine downstairs until I moved it upstairs. Then connected to that is an Apple TV connected wirelessly, using the same netwk name (SSID). It clocks at 30 Mb down & 8Mb up, way slower than Downstairs, but I thought would still be fast enough to watch a movie without speed issues.
Note that the data/movie is coming over my LAN ... that I have saved on a local network drive in my house. It is *not* being streamed from any services! The 7GB Movie is on an ext hard drive plugged directly into the Airport Extreme Base Station.
Can anyone suggest how to troubleshoot this? It's been a long time since I broke a perfectly working network and had to do this! I am thinking:
- Get a meter or Util to measure exact bandwidth/signal strength?
- Change to use unique SSID's/Netwk Names to I can switch between the two to see if one WiFi works (between the Airport Extreme Base Station Downstairs, whose signal might be reaching upstairs, and the Airport Express Upstairs)?
- Run an Ethernet Cable upstairs from Airport Express to Apple TV, at least to identify is that WiFi connection is the culprit.
- Is a 7GB Movie too large to download/stream internally over my LAN & WiFi??
If you've read this far, thanks in advance !!! Any suggestions or help is appreciated.