I live in Thailand, but originally from California where I have setup a Slingbox Pro-HD. I am having problems viewing, due to what I think, sporadic streaming speeds. I am trying to identify the problem. My Thailand internet provider (which gurantees 1.6mps) is claiming it's a server problem in California. I think it's a problem with my Thailand provider, but don't know how to prove it. Can someone teach me how I can do a test(s) to isolate the problem area ?
There's a few factors to determine the thoughput of the the stream between California and Tailand.
- Maxium Upload Bandwith at the Slingbox location
- Maxium Download Bandwith at the Slingplayer location
- Latency between the two sites.
The maximum bandwidth will be determined by the highest common speed between the sites. For example, if your ISP for the Slingbox allows 3Mbps uploads and your Slinplayer's ISP allows a 10Mbps downloads then the maximum bandwidth between the two sites will be 3Mbps.
The other factor is the latency between the two points. The maxmium throughput is determined by the bandwidth delay product (http://www.speedguide.net/faq_in_q.php?qid=185). You can use the TCP Analyzer (http://www.speedguide.net/analyzer.php) to get an approximation of the maximum throughput for a given bandwidth and latency. Another way to test these numbers is to use (http://www.speedtest.net/). You'll be able to be able to use the global map to test the bandwidth by pinpointing the two sites to get a better idea.
One person got around the latency issues by using a VPN as described in this post (http://placeshiftingenthusiasts.com/forum/sling-catcher-forums/slingcatcher-cannot-connect/#p850)