I'm not 100% sure that this is a VLC issue, but when playing back video from a smb share over wifi, I experience frequent (frequent enough to be annoying) pauses/lag during playback. When copying the same file with the same network configuration, I saturate the connection at a consistent 70mbps. After looking at network activity, it looks like VLC or whatever application happens to be playing back the video gets part of the video at full speed, and then completely stops buffering (not sure if its the right term) until the video pauses/lags, and then it immediately starts to buffer another chunk of the video. Is this something that I can change in VLC, or is it some weird bug in Apple's samba replacement, or god forbid the behavior is built into the networking stack itself.
I didn't find the right solution from the internet.