In most of the live media streams I attempt to view with Windows Media
player, it tells me that I am viewing the streams with the MMS (TCP)
protocol. However, I have tested the same streams on other computers
(directly hooked up to the cable modem line) and they are using MMS (UDP) by
default. Obviously, because of the construction of the TCP protocol, for
most streaming video using MMS (UDP) is much faster. I am running Windows XP
Pro, and directly hooked up to my cable line. Another test a friend and I
preformed was both unchecking TCP in the network settings in WMP. While my
friend could connect to the media fine, I could not even connect to it at
all without TCP checked.
I do not understand why I would be unable to receive UDP packets, however I
am looking for any explanation that could possibly be given!
I do not have any windows firewalling enabled; nor do I run a software
firewall. I am using the default buffering settings, and have the DSL 768
kbps setting selected in WMP.