What is the temperature like in your garage? I might have been able to bake a cake in my garage yesterday! Simple heat could be an issue.
Did you use cat5 or cat6 network cables? Did you splice the connections yourself? A bad insert on the plug can slow your transfer speeds - happened to me BTW.
+1 on trying moving a movie from the external HDD to the internal HDD in the garage (enable sharing on the folder you put it in) first.
If the problem persists:
See if you can get a cheap network cable tester.
See if there are some settings in your router that need to be adjusted (manufactures user forum hopefully can help you).
Changing the computers around is the last thing I would try - this is most likely to be irrelevant and the most work.
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: NC - USA
2013-05-22 17:53 Post: #11
My new HTPC build
Sickbeard, CouchPotato, SABnzbd SETUP GUIDE
Performance cables don't have to be expensive
Kingston rebates and ASUS warranties are WORTHLESS FRAUDS
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Joined: Jun 2010
Location: western Canada
2013-05-22 19:35 Post: #12
Testing network - couple easy tools.
...dead easy on Linux 'sudo ping -A <host> -c 10000' + 'sudo ping -A <host> -c 10000 -n 1470'
...can do similar things on Windows using fping http://www.kwakkelflap.com/fping.html
...can also do UDP (with jitter) + TCP throughput tests.
In a simple home environment I would expect to see 0% packet loss + reasonable UDP (120 MB/s +), TCP (80+ MB/s) performance for a gigabit network. It is slightly dependent on PC horsepower, but here again I wouldn't expect any major iperf gaffs in a simple home network.
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Joined: May 2009
2013-05-22 23:11 Post: #13
After spending some time testing. It turns out I still had some programs running in background that we're affecting streaming. (Plex media server, air video server an unneeded copy of photo stream) after disabling these items I am able once again to stream 1080p video. I also moved movies with large file size to actual PC instead of the external hardrives and all seems to be well. Before all this 1080p movies would play but within 5 minutes it would stutter and quit. Now videos play all the way thru. It's hard to believe that these 3 programs were affecting everything so much. Thank you all for your help it was really appreciated. I didn't really want to move all of those external hardrives back to the living room.