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Wired LAN speed required for streaming high def

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by pringtef, Aug 21, 2004.

  1. pringtef

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    My HTPC is rapidly running out of space, and i'm planning on running a CAT5e crossover between this and a server i have.

    I've got 100 BaseT network cards in both of these at the moment, but was wondering whether i would need gigabit cards in them for streaming high definition from one PC to the other.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Nah, you'll be fine. Hi-Def is ~20Mbps, so you've got plenty of headroom. I've been able stream Hi-Def over a 54Mbps wireless when the wind was blowing in the right direction, so wired will be no problem.
     
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    Agreed, should be fine.

    Make sure you're running full duplex, though, as voice or video and half-duplex LANs do not mix.

    Also, don't run other traffic over the link at the same time; video is very sensitive to jitter, which the other traffic could cause - the net effect will be that the picture starts to be disturbed, or will break up in extreme cases.

    For anyone else considering doing something similar, running video via a LAN switch is more difficult (it depends on the switch and its setup), and via a hub should not even be contemplated.
     

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