[AZ] Constant buffering issues with Cox and Youtube
I can't stream a HD video on Youtube without constant buffering. I have their unlimited package, or whatever the highest is....
Am I the only one that has this issue or is this a common thing?
I usually never have issues with You Tube, both on the computer and TV via Roku and TiVo.
I use Google DNS servers (220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168)
I do notice that tonight the YouTube Speed test is streaming very slowly, but not having issues with actual content in 720p or 1080p.
Cox Premier HSI, SB6120, DIR-825, Win7 WMC SiliconDust HD HomeRun Prime
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|reply to optize |
I see this quite a bit woth youtube...
Whenever it is slow I hit f5 to refresh and it almost always gets better. I assume a server change on youtubes end.
|reply to BryanInPHX |
Looking at that link, it clearly shows (yellow line) a speed drop for Cox users.
West Warwick, RI
The results you see are dependent for your geographic area. Another words what you see and what I see when we click on the same link are different. I suspect the difference mainly in perhaps different peering nodes between you and the youtube server farms and perhaps even cache servers in my given area. When I click on it I see Cox being way above other ISP's. Using Google's DNS seems to allow quicker load balancing between those servers since Google host's Youtube.
Mary Esther, FL
Not to mention, you miss that annoying Cox redirect page, too. As if my bill is expensive enough, that is VERY EVIL.
I fixed my issue by using a proxy server (set any free proxy server in LAN settings/Internet settings). This seems to fix the issue for now. Looks like, based on the IP location, might be using specific servers (if it makes any sense)..
Thanks to someone who mentioned that they fixed it using VPN. I got the proxy idea from that.
This buffering issue was so annoying, I changed my router password twice, reset it once, installed a new OS.. anyways, proxy server seems to work for now.. This is so immature of Google to not fix this issue so far. Hope this helps someone.
West Warwick, RI
I have some interesting data on a thread of my own I started. It looks like its a issue with Google's DNS but I still think I am missing a piece of the puzzle. But it does seem to mater where you live, we just can't figure how. I think it comes down to how Google's DNS redirect the query to one of it's domain servers. What just has me COMPLETELY befuddled is why that glitch would cause Google's DNS to give a Cox IP for a youtube domain? But then have that IP bring up Google. Either I am a big doofus and missing something or something is fishy here.
DrDrewSo that others may surf.Premium
You're missing Google caching servers on Cox network.
They may be overloaded.
West Warwick, RI
I thought it might be something like that, and if the GeoTags are anything to believe, those servers are in KS. Do you think that is a possible cause of the problem or just the effect of the underlying problem? Does Google DNS do a PTR (or something similar) look up on my IP to know what cache server to suggest?
Also, what do you believe the problem might be to cause the issue overall. If a proxy fixes it, there has to be some servers on Youtube that are backed up, and some that aren't right? If that is the case, why people on other sides of the country have similar issue?