My home network is set up as shown.
Computer1 --ethernet-- Modem/Router --wireless-- Computer2
• Modem/Routher is Netcomm NB6+4W and it's connected to the internet
• Computer 1 and 2 both run Windows 7.
• Computer 1 has various folders containing video that are shared in my home network.
When Computer 2 plays these files, the video will often "freeze" for about ~30 seconds before it "unfreezes", causing the video to play in fast forward until it regains the 30 seconds it just lost. I've tried using a few media players (Media Player Classic, VLC, Windows Media Player) but the same thing happens.
This problem is rather intermittent. Sometimes it happens quite a few times/video and sometimes I'm lucky and I don't get it for a couple of videos. It does seem freeze more frequently on higher quality videos (eg.720p).
I thought that the wireless adaptor on Computer 2 might have been the cause but even after I connected Computer2 to the Router directly via an ethernet cable, the problem persisted.
Strangely, when I play the same video files on my old laptop which is connected to the router wirelessly, I experience none of these problems (regardless of whether I boot the laptop in XP or Win7 mode).
When the video freezes, I lose access to all the other files shared by Computer 1. I then have wait until Computer 2's green address bar fully loads.
Looking at this, it seems like Computer 2 is losing connection with Computer 1 every now and then. Internet access isn't affected during this interval though.
I've had this problem for over a year now and during the time, Computer 2 was reformatted but even after a fresh reformat the problem was still there.
I'm getting sick of this problem but I'm at a loss as to how to troubleshoot this problem so any advice is greatly appreciated.