Not long after my last post, the picture froze on NBC while the audio continued. I backed out of the channel and reselected it and I fell asleep shortly thereafter to it working fine. This morning I turned the TV on in the living room, planning to let it play in view of one of my security cameras. But just a couple minutes into streaming (also NBC) it started stuttering and pixelating. It recovered a couple times, but it was clear there was a problem so I just turned it off. This was a different TV than last night, and the furthest Fire Stick from the router, but I think I’ve established (several times over) that my WiFi is strong and not any kind of bottleneck. However, I can’t be 100% certain that it’s not the server choking on it. That was my concern even trying this – that I couldn’t trust any negative results. My laptop isn’t significantly newer than the desktop, but it does have an i5 processor (3360M, 2.8 GHz) and 16 GB RAM. I recall PMS being rather easy to install last year, but would I be able to install it on my laptop to test the Hauppauge tuner with it? I need my Plex Pass for the TV/DVR functionality, as I recall – can I activate that on a second system? I suspect it wasn’t the server, but I’d love to know for sure.
Working on the assumption that the problems AREN’T from an under-powered server, that leaves two options as I see it:
I suspect my best course of action is to pick up a good Netgear router after work and give that a test tonight. If that doesn’t help, then I’ll start digging up my yard looking for evidence of a sacred burial ground.