Another Video Buffering Problem Thread
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Posted 6/28/10
I don't have Charter, though
I can't seem to get more than 5 seconds of Bleach without it stopping. I tried pausing it for 10-15 minutes to let it load the rest of the video, but even after that, I get maybe 1-2 minutes of playback before the buffering starts again.

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate x64
Browser: Firefox 3.6.6
ISP: Comcast Cable 30Mb
Location: Florida










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Posted 6/29/10
Well, I see your problem quite probably right off the bat. You are in Florida, the server you are using is in LA, Cali. Data throughput cross country is not very good. Try doing a speed test to a server in LA, and you will probably get pretty bad speeds. I would try switching to either Google DNS servers or Open DNS servers. Basic directions can be found at http://store.opendns.com/setup/computer/ to help you change your DNS servers. If you can't find one that is decent via either of those sets of DNS servers, there are a few other things I can try with you to solve it.

To give you an idea of the issues cross country can have, I normaly test at (give or take) 25 mbps download and upload, but this is cross country:

The lack of upload speed there would actually limit the whole connection speed due to how a TCP stream works (you have to acknowledge receiving data)
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Posted 6/29/10 , edited 6/29/10
What about a Dynamic DNS that my router can setup? I have the D-Link GamerLounge router. It has something called "Dynamic DNS." I'm sorry but I'm very unfamiliar with how this works How would I know what "DNS Server" to use? And what is it used for? Routing me to the stream faster?

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Okay, so I used Google's DNS Server, and it works beautifully!

I am still a little confused, though. I was talking to a friend to try and explain this to me, and he said that changing my DNS Server wouldn't affect anything

taken from our convo:

when you type in www.google.com it asks your dns server what the f*ck www.google.com means
dns server tells you it means 64.19.12.11
your computer connects to 64.19.12.11
and requests data
the only thing changing dns servers will do is speed up how fast your computer knows that www.google.com means 64.19.12.11
after that its still connecting to the same place and dns affects nothing


If what he says is true (and I believe he does know what he is talking about), how did changing my DNS server fix the buffering issue?
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