23-04-2019 10:10 PM
I have connected a USB 3.0 external hard drive to my EE smart hub with FLAC files on it and set-up network share with a Bluesound node 2i audio streamer on the same wifi network.... but when streaming hi-def files (192kHz/24 bit), the audio is constantly interrupted as if it is buffering. If I stream the same file from the hard drive of a Mac connected to the same network, it plays fine, suggesting that the problem lies with the USB part of the hub rather than the network part.
I thought it might be the USB disk itself being too slow, so I then tried the same file on a USB 3.0 memory stick in the smart hub, but this also buffers badly. Strangely, 1080 video files stream fine from both the USB hard drive and memory stick!
Does anyone know whether the USB connector in the smart hub is known to be flaky when it comes to sustained data transfer? It seems to cope fine initially, but then seems to freeze every few seconds, like it's suddenly switched processor resources to something else. Am I just going to have to forget it and shell out for a proper NAS drive?
23-04-2019 10:57 PM
The USB port of the EE SH is USB 2.0, not as fast as your HDD expects. When you stream from a Mac HDD you are not going over USB.
24-04-2019 10:58 AM - edited 24-04-2019 10:59 AM
Thanks for the reply. It’s a shame that the throughput of the USB port on the hub isn’t going to be enough for streaming some files (standard FLAC 44/16 files work fine)... I’ll keep streaming from the Mac 😞
24-04-2019 11:13 AM
Thanks! You're welcome :)! Glad I could be of assistance.