I have recently backed up a bunch of my DVD and BRs to my MBWE 1Tb as MPEG2 files for use with Twonky and my Panasonic Viera TV which has a DLNA client inbuilt. It works but I am seeing some issues, so I upgraded to Twonky 7, this has not resolved all the issues.
The most irritating is that some of the files do not resume correctly after a PAUSE on the TV nor will the FF correctly. Resume after pause seems to skip forward and FF can cause the TV to return to the index list of files.
I have a number of suspects on my list of causes having eliminated Twonky 5, they are
1. The MPEG files is too large - I was ripping DVDs without compression so some of my files are considerably larger the 4Gb - some (BR rips) are up to 8Gb. I would like to be able to play the larger files as I want to be able to keep data in HDV format (720p plus 5.1 audio). This format is for ripped Bluray rather than DVD of course.
2. The files are getting fragmented - due to their size probably. Is there a limitation in EXT3 on the MBWE I need to be aware of? Can I fix this by copying files to my backup drive and deleting the original, then recopying?
3. The network is not fast/reliable enough - I am using a 802.11g wireless system driven from a Netgear WRT56G so it is not likely I can get more than 20Mbps effective throughput. The ripped file formats I use should not consume more than 8-10Mbps though. Also in testing I find FF fails at a consistant point in playback, it not in random places as it would if it were network congestion. Nonetheless I will switch to hardwired in the next week or two.
4. The Panasonic Viera DLNA client is faulty.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome. I will post back here once I have made some progress.