I have just installed (12th Dec) a Boxee Box on my wired network (using 85mb powerline ethernet) and I am experiencing a few issues. FYI I have a 24" Imac with Snow Leopard serving content from a 2Gb USB drive with two shares Movies & TvShows.
I run CCXStream on the Mac to serve content to XBMC using XBMS to two classic xboxes and I use Rivet to stream content to 2 Xbox360's and for the Boxee Box I have to use SAMBA shares. Prior to the Boxee everything was smooth running.
My experience so far is this. The samba sharing is slow...far to slow. Rivet crashes when Boxee looks at it, however I have just discovered an app called Playback which serves content via UpNP and is o far looking good.
My wife thinks I am a lunatic for dumping the classic XBOX, but as most of you will know it cannot play HD content due to the limitations of the hardware and the fans can be noisy. So on paper the Boxee seems like the perfect HTPC apart from I think that it should support the XBMS streaming protocol and allow the easy manipulation of the cache settings to allow for greater cache sizes.
My question is this, given my current set up, can I improve the throughput of the Samba shares via OSX or should I use a Windows virtual machine as I believe that the protocol is more efficient under Windows?
Is there a better UpNP app for OSX? I have used MediaLink and EyeConnect (both cause buffering) or do I wait for an update to fix the buffering on the Boxee and just tough it out. To date I have never seen a better combination of a modded XBOX and XBMC but I am hoping the Boxee Box eventually becomes that replacement.