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5/31    I have a slow wireless router and slow fileserver on my network.
        Is there a video or media player (windows or unix) that is smart
        about caching content while playing it?  I would like to be able
        to hit play on a file from a file share, wait for it to catch
        up for a while because my connection is so slow, walk away for
        a while and come back and view my movie with no annoying skips. thanks.
        \_ To answer my own question, this worked:
           http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=44005#p140567
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frolic on Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:01 pm Hi Everyone, I've got a problem which I'm sure can be addressed with the great features of VLC. I'm just not good enough to find how to do it by myself :( My videos (mostly divx, 350 MB) are stored on a home NAS. This network storage is very slow: it takes around 7 minutes to copy a 350 MB divx from it on my PC. But if I open the video in VLC using a local mapped drive to the NAS, the video is dead slow, freezes, etc... So opening the video directly in real-time doesn't seem a good option. The video takes 7 min to download and is about 40 minutes. Therefore, I don't really understand why accessing it directly causes problems. I would think that a small cache of a few MB could be created during the first few seconds, and then it should be enough to start reading the video fluidly until the end. I'm watching the same sort of video files mentioned before on a wireless laptop ; mostly 'Lost' episodes I missed on TV and downloaded, 40 mins. I first tried to play them back directly from the NAS (SMB share) using VLC on the laptop, but got little 'hangs' every couple of minutes. Then I tried streaming the files from the NAS using my (wired) server on the LAN to the laptop IP-address. Just tried upping the 'caching value in ms', first to 600, then 1000 and now 1200 and now there's hardly any stutter! Also the 'lost frames' (video) and 'lost buffers' (audio) I saw in the statistics in 'stream and media info' are completely gone. Used Linux to experiment, but I'm sure this will work in Windows too (I'm using a dual-boot PC with VLC in Windows and Mandriva Linux).