KODI 17.4 Buffering Issues: Updated Solutions SEPTEMBER 2017

kodi 17.4 buffering

There is no greater satisfaction than having fast, efficient and effective internet at the touch of a button. It is even more imperative to have a dedicated and dependable internet connection when attempting to watch movies, series and especially live shows and games.

Kodi is becoming an every-day favorite among movie streamers. However, the issue of hanging internet connections and buffering annoyances is a subject of a lot of scrutiny and frustrations.

The overarching question is and always has been whether or not it’s a compatibility issue, a problem with the application or software itself, or the intensity of usage by the streamer.

It’s important to note that all users will have different experiences and usage requirements. These requirements dictated what sort of settings you should apply, what to expect and maybe even what device you should or shouldn’t use.

Variables that affect your buffering speeds or frequencies range from the videos being processed, the environment in which you’re working with, the RAM that you have available to you as well as your internet speeds.

For purposes of this demonstration and feedback on how to go about configuring your device, the steps below were performed on a MINIX U9 box.

Adjusting user preference settings for Kodi

  • Proceed to launch Kodi on your device.
  • Click on player settings.
  • Once there, you will have a menu on the left listing:- videos, music, discs and the like
  • On your right menu, next to the one mentioned above, it will show actions, processing, and playback…
  • Scroll to the bottom of the left menu and click on EXPERT.
  • Once you’ve selected the expert option, you will have the right menu with a variety of options i.e. playback, processing, and others
  • From this menu (on the right), scroll down to processing.

This is where most of the settings and changes can be made in order to improve your internet surfing speeds and reduce buffering annoyances.

 

  • Under the processing option, be sure to select “allow hardware acceleration-media codec” you can perform this action by simply clicking on the icon to the right of this option. It will usually brighten up to show that you’ve selected the option to

 

  • Next, you need to enable the next option, which should read “allow hardware acceleration-media codec surface. Click on the icon to the right of it to enable

Important Steps

The next step is crucial in defining the parameters that will either enhance or diminish your Kodi experience.

  • Still working under processing, there is an option to “enable HQ scalers for scaling above”.

 

As mentioned earlier, settings vary from one device to another. There is no standard setting that will guarantee you better buffering speeds than your neighbour. Each user and their device are subject to other variables that determine how their system behaves and under what circumstances.

  • After glancing over this option (enable HQ scalers…), you will notice two arrows, which either raise or lower the percentage that is set. What has been known to work is a setting of between 70- 80%.
  • From the options mentioned above, select a setting of 80 %
  • Please note that the settings above can be and should be changed sporadically, or according to your needs. If buffering is still a problem, visit this menu and change the settings accordingly

The processing menu is illustrated below:

 

GREAT!!! Now that we’re done with that, let’s proceed to the BETTER STUFF.

Ares wizard

  • For the next step, you will need to download Ares Wizard. Once you have this downloaded, proceed to Add-ons and click on Ares
  • For a system using this wizard for the first time, you will see the Ares Wizard logo appear on your screen. It will spin while loading. (figure below)
  • Once it is launched, navigate to the home page (Ares Wizard home page) and locate advanced settings

(The screen shot above shows Ares Wizard loading for the first time)

There is some text that will appear on the home page and after you click on advanced settings. This text highlights what is mentioned in this article with a few more pointers. (Figure below)

(the screen shot above shows the “advanced settings” page on Ares Wizard)

There isn’t a standard, normal, perfect setting for every device nor is there one for every user.

Your video cache may be stored in RAM- temporarily or on other forms of storage you may have

It’s noted that Kodi will utilize 60 megabytes of RAM automatically and by default.

That being said, some users will have more RAM available at their disposal. This is an advantage for those who do. If you need to adjust your RAM settings, the command is “cachemembuffersize”

ADVISORY: Please note that the above is a very crucial step. If you have extra RAM available, be sure to choose wisely because setting it too high i.e. the amount that can be used by Kodi, may in fact be counter-productive and could cause a glitch in Kodi.

What next?

With those points highlighted and out of the way, we can navigate to the bottom of the Ares Wizard Advanced settings menu. Click NEXT on this menu

  • The screen that follows should present a ‘report’, from the wizard, showing how much RAM is in fact available.
  • Not much to be done here. Simply navigate to the bottom of the page and click on general settings.
  • Once you’ve selected general settings, a new page will appear listing a few settings. These should read: video cache size, CURL Timeout and Buffer Factor or Read buffer mode.
  • The settings above are initiated automatically by the wizard. Therefore, they are recommended.

The most intricate steps are pretty much completed; Just a few more to go.

The next step is to apply settings.

  • Next is to restart Kodi. First, you need to exit from the wizard (ares)
  • Proceed to restart Kodi
  • From the main menu, locate your add-ons
  • Tap my add-ons
  • Next, scroll down to video input stream
  • Once you’ve done that, a new menu will appear with the options:

Input stream adaptive

                 RTMP input

  • Select input stream adaptive
  • On the next screen that appears, choose the option to enable

CONGRATULATIONS!! YOU’RE ALL DONE!!

You may now exit from the settings menu and see how Kodi works with the new settings.

Reminder: On the option of processing, under “enable scalers”, be sure to play with this option more than once, if you’re still not satisfied with your buffering speeds. Remember that settings and stability of your system depends on a number of variables, different for any number of people.