Utility, Windows

Kodi Buffering Tweaks

If you don’t know what Kodi, XBMC or Plex are then you are in for a treat. From kodi.tv:

Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

You can further extend the functionality of Kodi with the thousands of available plugins – but here we will cover some tips on minimizing those annoying buffering issue on Kodi with TVAddons.ag!

Setup

To modify the settings in question we first need to navigate to Programs > Maintenance Tool > System Tweaks > Create/Edit Advanced Settings

First Write XML File and then proceed to begin tweaking by going into Edit Settings

Tweaks

In Edit Settings, navigate to  Network Settings > Network and set the following options:

  • cachemembuffersize – size of cache kept in RAM in bytes – make sure you have enough RAM (4GB+ should be enough)
    Calculating the buffer size – FREE RAM /3 x 1024 x 1024 = buffer size in bytes
  • buffermode – buffers all file systems local & internet
  • readbufferfactor – increases the fill-rate of the cache – higher the number the more bandwidth it will use should the raw media be of any substantial size

Should you be curious of what other tweaks you can apply, head over to the kodi wiki page – http://kodi.wiki/view/HOW-TO:Modify_the_video_cache

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