Is your home media network ready for media streaming? Find out what kind of media you can stream on your network.
- www.speedtest.net gives you a good test for the Internet connection to your home media network. Make sure that your PC is directly attached to your router and that you are not going through a WiFi or PowerLine connection. If you find that your Internet speed is too slow for the media application that you want, you will need to upgrade your service or change your ISP. There is a small possibility that a slow router may be the problem.
- To test the speed of these connections you need two PCs and some software. LAN SpeedTest Lite together with LST server from Totusoft that lets you run a server part of the application on one PC and a client on the other or run the test from the client to a mapped network drive on your NAS.
- Connect the server to your router and connect the other PC to the far end of a PowerLine device to take this test. Then start the server and go to the client.
- If you are using a mapped network drive, make sure that the drive is mapped and that Totusoft is configured for it. If you are using the server option, then enter the server’s IP address. The client will start sending a file to the server. The server’s only job is to return the file. The client increases the send rate until packets start getting dropped. That is the speed of your network.
- WiFi connections can be rated exactly the same way as PowerLine connections. The server PC should be connected to the router and the client PC should make use of the WiFi connection. Make sure you try it from wherever your media station is located.
Compare your speed to the table here and see where you stand.