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KODI ADVANCED SETTINGS FOR SMOOTH PLAY

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    ALL PEOPLE HAVING KODI ON ANDROID AND COMPUTER SHOULD READ THIS!

    Kodi has a mass of hidden settings to allow custom configuration to suit a particular device, or install as required. If you willing to learn there are some clever things you can make it do, however, this article will focus on changing settings for “on demand” or VoD content, e.g. Movies and TV box sets. dont worry if this looks technical and sounds even more mind boggling confusing, there is a simple process to follow to get your streaming device set up perfectly!

    Advanced Settings, Easy?
    This article relies on using the add on “Easy Advanced Settings” addon, found in kinkins repo for easy editing of the xml file. If you’re experienced you can do this manually via ES File Explorer or an editor of your choice.
    If you require detailed explanations of the settings and how they work please visit the Kodi wiki for further reading material; Kodi Advanced Settings

    Why Are We Doing This?
    We’re going to use as much free ram as possible to cache our video stream into, this will smooth out any dropped or missed packets as well as when the server is too busy to give us our data.
    Kodi stores the video stream in a small buffer, 20mb by default, which consumes 60mb of RAM – 30 “in” buffer, 30 “out” buffer . We want to use as much as our device will let us, then we’re going to get Kodi to fill it as fast as possible to smooth out our stream and hopefully avoid any “buffering” stoppages.

    https://offshoregit.com/kinkin-xbmc-repository/zips/repository.Kinkin/repository.Kinkin-1.4.zip install as zip addon

    The Settings Used
    Curl – commands to test our source response speeds
    Buffer Mode – what we will cache
    Read Buffer Factor – how fast to read
    Cache Mem Buffer Size – how big to set the buffer
    We need to be careful with the buffer size, you’ve been warned, making it too big will crash Kodi. You must observe the method given here, simply copying in numbers you find or that get posted up on Facebook etc could leave you more frustrated than the original buffering problem!

    Advances Setttings XML
    The settings we are going to be using have been extensively tested, but if I posted endless images it would get rather boring and pointless.
    So lets run through each setting;
    curl ; (Client URL Library)
    curlclientimeout
    curlowspeedtime

    These two commands basically allow us to test a host to see how fast it is and how long to test it for (both values or in seconds), this appears to make autoplay function quicker and more accurately, but its not perfect by any means. It does help with manual selection and reduced “working” or “loading” waits on slow or bad sources.
    I’ve set mine to 10 for both as you can see in the image further down the page, but if your internet is slow then you might need to start with 15 or even 20 or you may just get lots of timeouts when selecting links.

    buffer mode – has four settings and we’re really concerned with only 2;
    buffer mode 1 – local and internet files buffered
    buffer mode 2 – internet files only
    readbufferfactor – variable setting, too high and your device might get sluggish, so increase with caution. This number determines how fast we download the stream “x avgbitrate”, 4-10 is ok, I have run with 100 in testing, but not much gain as a lot of sites limit the max stream rate per connection.
    cachemembuffersize – I save this till last as it seems to cause such confusion. There is no ideal setting, as this is dictated by your free RAM (not storage) with Kodi loaded and waiting to go. You can find your free memory in System, system info, summary or hardware.This number is given in MB so we need to use 1/3rd of it and convert it to bytes;

    From the Kodi Home screen;
    Hover over System
    Click System Info
    Note the Free Memory amount
    Now we will change a few things ;
    Click Edit Settings
    Click Network settings
    Click Network
    NOTE: some options have numeric options for you to click and change the number others have DISABLED in already – you must delete the ‘disabled’ word first before adding your setting.
    Click curlclienttimeout – Key in 10 (if you have slow internet use 20)
    Click done
    Click curlowspeedtime – Key 10 (if you have slow internet use 20)
    Click done
    Click buffermode – Key in 2
    Click done
    Click readbufferfactor – Key in 5
    Click done

    IMPORTANT I haven’t shown the cachemembuffersize in the image to avoid people just copying it blindly you MUST check your free memory with Kodi loaded. Once you have that number you can calculate as follows;
    100MB /3 = 33 MB – put YOUR free memory into this equation
    x 1024 = 33,792 KB
    x 1024 = 34,603,008 Bytes
    We write the final number in the file without any commas, thus 34603008 – or what yours works out to be! It is important you make this calculation.
    Click cachemembuffersize
    Delete the word “DISABLED”
    Key in your “Bytes” from above – no commas
    Click done
    If you just stick some random numbers in there that exceed your device free memory, Kodi could hang, freeze or just crash and kick you out to android/windows/linux screen. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
    Now back out 3 times to this screen
    Click Write XML File
    DONT FORGET TO HIT WRITE FILE BEFORE EXITING!
    That’s it for the VoD modifications, this should ease or if you’re lucky eliminate any buffering problems. If your movie buffers you can pause for short time, you’ll see the grey line extending from the blue video line to show how much is buffered.
    Taked from http://www.tekto-kodi.com/kodi-how-to-tutorials/kodi-advanced-settings/
     
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    Thanks, very useful to all members :)
     
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    anyone know the m3u link to use for the fire stick ??
     
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    It's not correct Thread you ask your question, you could maybe ask here : http://rapidiptv.com/threads/amazon-fire-stick.1014/
     
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    I have been finded this https://gist.github.com/htpcBeginner/8caa10683a9669b76497
     
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    Well explained and seems fairly straightforward to do Thank you for an excellent article
     
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