Streaming to XBMC over the internet? SMB vs FTP vs ???

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mobious Offline
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Hey guys, so I recently upgraded my internet connection and have quite a decent upload speed now. Not enough to stream 1080p movies but definitely enough for most TV Shows.

Right now I have tested it locally in my country and my friend was able to stream to his XBMC box using Samba, but internationally it seems its too slow in terms of accessing the files and folders. So I was wondering for anyone here who has tried this, what would be the best way to stream my media internationally so I can access my media while not being in the country?

Btw the slowness with samba has nothing to do with upload speed because if the user tries to download the file, it downloads at my full upload speed, its just when trying to stream or access folders through samba that its really slow.
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WebDav (https)
And try to avoid rush hour...
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My synology supports that but I am not familiar with it at all. How would you set it up with xbmc? And how would you set it up on the other end?
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Is this topic locked?

Edit: sorry I didn't mean to post, in taptalk it showed a lock symbol near the topic and I assume it got locked, my bad.
(This post was last modified: 2012-11-14 03:34 by mobious.)
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Don't have synology, but:
http://www.synology.com/support/tutorial..._id=487#t4
!Note, you might need either a static IP address or a dns service.

And i added my webdav folder like this in XBMC:
Video Files -> Add Source -> Browse -> (scroll to) Add Network Location

Protocol = Web Server Directory (https)
Server address = yourdomain.com
Remote path = First folder/Root folder
Port=443
+ Username + Password

Share should look something like this:
Code:
https://username:password@domain.com:443/folder/
Highlight new share -> OK
Enter Name -> OK/ADD

Browse it to test. Then scan to library.
(This post was last modified: 2012-11-14 18:58 by MassIV.)
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Thank you so much, I already have a dynamic dns setup. Will test it out tonight.
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Well so far it seems much more responsive with WebDav in comparison to straight SMB. The way I am testing it is not ideal but its the only way I could at this moment since I don't know anyone that uses XBMC and does not live in my country. So what did was I basically connected to a VPN in Europe, that way the video would have to route to Europe and come back to me. So far the results with small files have been great, sd content and some highly compressed hd content have streamed without issue. But when we come to slightly bigger files buffering becomes a huge bottleneck. Now the issue here most likely is the VPN I am using as its speed is quite capped so the bandwidth isn't enough to handle a 40 minute HD tv show episode.

So I have a request for anyone that is willing to spare his/her time. Is there anyone here living anywhere in Europe with a connection speed of 7mpbs or higher (my upload is capped at 5-7ish) that can find the time to help me test this out? I am trying to set this up so when I am in France I will be able to stream directly off my network here in Kuwait. So the most ideal person would have to be located in France but at this point I would take anyone in the region. So if anyone is interested and willing, please post here and PM me some sort of way we can directly get in contact with each other to discuss this further.

Finally thanks MassIV your help was very essential in this process and I greatly appreciate it.
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If you have a bit of money to spare, the real deal is to rent a cheap vps (e.g. Kimsufi, 17€/month, 1Tb), store your files there and stream via http/webdav...

You'd need to have some sysadmin proficiencies, though...

No more bandwidth issues, then, and files available 24/7 worldwide...
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(2012-11-15 10:31)Koying Wrote:  If you have a bit of money to spare, the real deal is to rent a cheap vps (e.g. Kimsufi, 17€/month, 1Tb), store your files there and stream via http/webdav...

You'd need to have some sysadmin proficiencies, though...

No more bandwidth issues, then, and files available 24/7 worldwide...

I considered that but like you said I need sysadmin proficients which I do not have but I am sure I could learn. The real downside to that with me is uploading my content on there would take weeks if not months at my upload speed lol.
(This post was last modified: 2012-11-15 14:38 by mobious.)
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I've been playing around with another option lately; making XBMC remotely accessible via UPnP.

This can be done with BubbleUPnP Server (which I used for my test) or Skifta. I installed it on my XBMC box and installed the BubbleUPnP Client on my android tablet.

Visiting my parents house I could then on the tablet select XBMC at my home as the source and their DLNA compliant TV as the renderer and voila: Movie was streaming from my XBMC box to their TV.

Caveat: For unknown reason this only works in file mode at the moment; when using library mode it results in an error.
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