I have recently installed FUPPES with DROBOAPPS in anticipation to stream my media collection to the PS3. I am experiencing a few different issues:
Video takes too long to load and when it finally does I experience continual freezing which makes it impossible to watch. It is actually quicker to stream a file direct from my macbook using Medialink via WiFi.
Some movie formats are not available (well they do not appear) such as .MKV
Things to note:
Drobo-FS is connected to Netgear DGN2000 router via Ethernet
PS3 is connected to the same router via Ethernet
Both devises have assigned static IP’s
Anybody have any configuration ideas or can help in anyway?
in regards to 2, the ps3 doesn’t nativly support .mkv files, i’ve pretty much followed the “if i can watch it from a usb thumbdrive on the ps3, fuppes will show it”… the Drobo FS is too slow to do any type of transcoding. In theory .mkv is just a container and fuppes could possibly do a container conversion on the fly(no video transcoding), but i don’t think that feature has been implemented.
as for the freezing, i’ve noticed this as well, it’ll have a hiccup once every hour or so… If you have the ssh server installed, you can see a few apps running maxing out the cpu usage (use the “top” command). I’m using gigabit all the way to the router, wifi g to the ps3. I know its a drobo issue because if i stream videos from my drobo fs to my pc (all gigabit) i’ll still get that occasional hiccup every hour or so.
In short, get used to it. the Drobo is a great file backup solution, but it’s not a great general purpose computer.
I know this is an old thread but in case someone else stumbles upon it (as there doesn’t seem to be all that much support.)
Question 1 worries me, as mine freezes and stumbles on high bitrate files but I’m on a sub-par router. Once I upgrade to a gigabit router I hope that won’t be an issue, as the lower bitrate files stream very smoothly.
Question 2 is answered above, PS3 can’t handle the mkv files. My method of choice is to convert them this way; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yJkg3kgSr0
That’s lossless for the video, better than re compressing through Handbrake or something.
My main annoyance with FUPPES is that I need to rebuild it every time I add new files, then restart the PS3. A small thing, but Drobo is supposed to be effortless.