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    Default Impact of network design on Mezzmo

    My media is stored on a NAS. I'm wondering if Mezzmo's performance can be affected by moving the NAS closer to the Mezzmo server or closer to the target device?

    Specifically, would attaching my NAS to the DAP1522 wireless bridge improve performance on the BD-C5500... or is it better to be on the same switch as PC1 which hosts the Mezzmo server?

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    Hi hartenb,

    Nice home setup In general, the less hops/junctions/competition between the PC running Mezzmo and the storage location of your files, the better streaming performance will be (i.e. having the NAS closer to the PC running Mezzmo is optimal). Looking at your diagram, it looks fine for accessing files from your NAS.

    Another tip regarding NAS: Some NAS boxes have auto-sleep features and require several seconds to wake up (start spinning) when accessed. This can sometimes affect streaming since Mezzmo is trying to access a file on the NAS and stream it to the DLNA device, but must wait until the NAS is ready. On some more time-sensitive DLNA devices, this can sometimes result in a "cannot play" error on the device the first time you try to play the file (since Mezzmo could not deliver the file quick enough). The next time you try, it typically plays fine since the NAS is fully spinning/operational. Depending on your energy costs/considerations, you may want to turn off the sleep features on your NAS to prevent this situation occurring.

    Mezzmo Android: Install it on your tablet, smartphone, Android TV or Amazon Fire to browse and stream files from your Mezzmo library to all your devices. Full details at http://www.conceiva.com/products/mez...mo_android.asp
    Mezzmo for Kodi Add-on: Install it into Kodi to stream files from your Mezzmo library directly in Kodi. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...odi_user_guide
    Mezzmo for Roku App: Install it onto your Roku to stream files from your Mezzmo library. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...oku_user_guide
    Wiki: User Guides & Reference Manual at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki
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    I really wish it was as easy as it sounds. When you use wifi it is a really hard to predict problems. Sometimes closer is better, but too close can also be a problem. The only general statement that is true is that a wired network will always perform better (and more predictably). Here is a video from the Introduction to networking course at Stanford university where they discuss wifi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=cHU4G6uXwQY

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    You are right, JohnM. I was not clear about this. You should always use an Ethernet cabled connection between your PC and your NAS where possible. Wireless between your PC and NAS will be less optimal for media streaming.

    Mezzmo Android: Install it on your tablet, smartphone, Android TV or Amazon Fire to browse and stream files from your Mezzmo library to all your devices. Full details at http://www.conceiva.com/products/mez...mo_android.asp
    Mezzmo for Kodi Add-on: Install it into Kodi to stream files from your Mezzmo library directly in Kodi. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...odi_user_guide
    Mezzmo for Roku App: Install it onto your Roku to stream files from your Mezzmo library. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...oku_user_guide
    Wiki: User Guides & Reference Manual at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mezzmo.DLNA.Server
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/conceiva_mezzmo
    Web: http://www.mezzmo.com

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