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How To Stop Kodi Buffering

//How To Stop Kodi Buffering

How To Stop Kodi Buffering

Stop Kodi BufferingThis article will provide step-by-step instructions for three different ways on how to stop Kodi buffering.

If you have used Kodi for any length of time, you have noticed that some streams buffer like crazy.  This article will alleviate some of your pain and help you fix your Kodi buffering problems.

There are three different types of streaming when using Kodi.  You can stream media within Kodi from a computer that is connected to your local area network.  Many people refer to a setup like this as a home media server.    You can also stream on-demand content such as tv shows and movies through Kodi addons such as Exodus and Elysium.  Or, you can stream live tv channels from Kodi addons as well.

The techniques within this guide will help with everything but the live tv streams.  Unfortunately, the Kodi live TV addons are hit and miss and the buffering that you encounter from these are due to server overload on the part of the respective addon.  The best bet to alleviate buffering with live tv addons is to purchase an inexpensive IPTV subscription service such as Kodi Players Klub.

In the guide below, I will cover three methods for fixing Kodi buffering.  I personally use all three methods on my Kodi boxes and I never have problems with buffering when using the various addons.

The first method is a must on all Kodi systems if you plan on streaming from third-party addons which provide access to movies and tv shows.  In this method, we creating an “Advanced Settings” file within Kodi.  The tool allows us to allocate a portion of space to a special cache where media files are downloaded to in advance of being played.  Normally, Kodi is playing the media as soon as it downloads but this tweak will download the video in advance and store it within the cache that is created.

After you understand how important the first method is in relation to buffering problems, you will always purchase Kodi devices with substantial RAM.  I personally would never buy a device that didn’t come with at least 2 GB of RAM.  My favorite streaming box is the Amazon Fire TV 3 due to its powerful specs and unbeatable price.

The second method involves setting up an unrestricted downloader which will provide faster file sources for you to choose from within your various Kodi addons.  The service that I will show you is the most popular and is called RealDebrid.  Once you set this up and go to play a movie or tv show, it will present a list of RealDebrid sources for you to choose from which will provide better media playback.

The third method is to connect to a VPN service on your Kodi device, which will help with Internet service providers throttling download speeds for video streams such as those going through Kodi.  Legal action has been taken over the past couple of years on ISPs who have been caught doing this and there is no doubt others are doing it as well.  A VPN also serves a great purpose in protecting your privacy while using Kodi and making it impossible for other organizations to see and log what you are viewing or downloading.

I suggest starting with the first method outlined below and proceeding through the other two steps if necessary.

How To Stop Kodi Buffering Guide

Method #1 – Stop or Fix Kodi Buffering With Advanced Settings File

 

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Below are the step-by-step instructions for configuring the Advanced Settings xml file.  Refer to the video above for details.

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click the settings icon  Kodi Settings Icon
  • Click System settings
  • Hover over Add-ons menu item and turn on Unknown sources if not already on
  • Click back on remote to go back to System page
  • Click File Manager
  • Click Add source
  • Click <None>
  • Type the following url exactly how it is listed here – http://repo.supremebuilds.com/and click OK
  • Highlight the box under the source that you just typed in and enter a name for this media source, type sb or any other name you would like to identify this source as and click OK
  • Click your back button on remote or keyboard until you are back at the Kodi home screen
  • Click Add-ons menu item
  • Click the small “open box” icon at top left side of page under the “Add-ons heading” Install Kodi Addon
  • Click Install from zip file
  • Click supreme or other name you assigned the media source in previous step
  • Click repository.supremebuilds.zip
  • Wait for Supreme Builds Wizard add-on message to appear
  • Click Install from Repository
  • Click Supreme Builds Repository
  • Click Program Add-Ons
  • Click Supreme Builds Wizard
  • Click Install
  • Return to Kodi home Screen and launch Supreme Builds Wizard from Program Add-ons category
  • Click Maintenance
  • Click System Tweaks/Fixes
  • Click Advanced Settings
  • Click Quick Configure AdvancedSettings.xml
  • Adjust settings to your liking
  • Click Write File
  • Restart Kodi

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Method #2 – Stop Kodi Buffering With RealDebrid Unrestricted Downloader

 

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Real-Debrid Registration

Below are the general steps for configuring Real-Debrid with Kodi.  Refer to the video above for details.

  • Register for a free account on Real-Debrid Website by clicking HERE.  You can enjoy a free trial prior to paying for premium account.
  • Install a 3rd party Kodi addon such as Elysium or Exodus to ensure URL resolver is installed.  If you use my free Supercharge Kodi Guide, it will show you how to install all of the very best addons with the click of a button.
  • Click gear icon on Kodi home page that will take you to settings page.
  • Click System settings icon.
  • Scroll down to bottom and change standard settings to Expert.
  • On same screen, hover over Add-ons menu item and then click Manage Dependencies link on right side of screen.
  • Click URL Resolver.
  • Click Configure.
  • Highlight Universal Resolvers and browse to Real-Debrid within section on right-hand side of screen.
  • Change Priority from 100 to 90 and then click OK button to save changes.
  • Click Configure again.
  • Highlight Universal Resolvers and browse to Real-Debrid settings again.
  • Click (Re)Authorize My Account and input code provided into Internet browser on computer, tablet, or phone at http://real-debrid.com/device.
  • Dialog within Kodi will disappear once pairing has successfully been completed.

Method #3 – Stop Kodi Buffering With VPN

Many Internet Service Providers throttle download speeds for those customers who are using Kodi or other applications to stream video.

By utilizing a VPN, you will enjoy faster streaming as your Internet connection from your Kodi device will be routed through a different server.  By doing this, you are creating an encrypted connection to the Internet, making it impossible for your ISP to know what you are streaming.

A VPN application is also useful due to the fact that your Internet Service Provider can now sell your data and traffic logs to 3rd parties.  Using a VPN will prevent them from ever seeing what streams or Kodi addons you are accessing.

Kodi users should always connect to a VPN to protect their identity and privacy while streaming.  I use IPVanish on all of my streaming devices and I suggest that you do the same.  

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240 Comments

  1. Debbie June 7, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy,
    I was wondering what is Rapid app installer is ??????

    • Brett June 8, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Debbie,

      The Rapid App Installer encompasses all the best streaming apps and more into one program so they don’t have to be installed separately.

  2. Erin Prather June 6, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I watched your videos…installed Kodi, VPN, and Durex. Did everything exactly as you said. I can not watch any movies. They will never come on. This is so out of my element. Help!!!!

  3. Gerard Biehner June 6, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Troy, in trying to fix buffering, follow steps, know them well having done it many times. When i get to final step to increase VIDEO CACHE SIZE, I make changes and click WRITE FILE. Not in video and not in text above is mentioned is pop-up I get, with 2 options – “There is currently an active settings.xml, remove it and continue?” or “Cancel Write”. Don’t want to cancel, and if I either Remove settings (assuming out with old and writing new?), or going back out of this page do I get desired changes. Just updated to Titanium 3.5
    Thanks
    Gerard

  4. Sam willcox June 1, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Troy having the same problem the last guy had where when I write the file it doesn’t work. Keeps going back to original settings. Any advice?

    • Troy June 3, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Hi Sam, it isn’t going back to original settings. The tool that you use to write the xml file always resets. The best way to look at your settings is to open the xml file like I show in video.

  5. Bongo May 26, 2018 at 6:59 am - Reply

    I am unable to adjust cache size as per your video, to stop buffering in Jodi. The file will not write. When I click write a pop-up appears that says there is currently an active Advanced Settings.xml, would you like to remove it and continue? I click remove settings and rewrite the file, but no matter what I do it goes back to the original setting when I restart Jodi.

    • Troy May 26, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Hi Bongo, it doesn’t go back to default settings, the tool just resets every time you use it. Go into the actual xml file to ensure it is still there like I show in video.

  6. Hayden Hayes May 17, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy,

    I just now upgraded to Durex. I’ve been able to stream shows and movies but i have noticed more buffering than i used to have on the older build. Is there something I need to do after upgrading to durex like was done before with ares wizard adjusting the amount of RAM available to cache? Thank you.

    • Troy May 18, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Hi Hayden, you can use the Wizard and the same caching tool exists in there as does in Titanium. All of these builds are built off the same wizard template so they have the same tools available.

  7. Herb May 16, 2018 at 2:44 am - Reply

    I installed IPVanish per your instructions. Unfortunately every time i press connect, I’m kicked back out to the log in screen… What should I do?

    • Brett May 16, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Herb,

      What device are you using? Try restarting it.

  8. Beth Smith May 15, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Can you recommend the best wifi booster/extender for Directtv now?

  9. Andrew Mix May 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I have Real dbrig, IPVanish, and I installed the advanced settings as you said to in your guide. I’m running Kodi on an Amazon fire tv and using placenta. But I’m still having to constantly buffer on everything I try to watch. Any suggestions at this point?

    Thank you

    • Brett May 11, 2018 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Andrew,

      This may be due to your internet connection. How far away is your device from your router?

  10. Kelley McC May 10, 2018 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy! I’ve installed Durex and re-authorized my Real Debrid account within Kodi settings and also within Placenta, but none of the Real Debrid sources will play. I have paid for the Sources, but all it does when I select the first source, is cycle through all the Paid sources and once it gets to a free source, it will play. Not sure what else to do here. Help! You are awesome and your tutorials are super easy to follow. I can’t thank you enough for all the direction you give us!!

    • Troy May 12, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Hi Kelley, this is usually due to having VPN enabled when pairing Real-Debrid. Try re-pairing and make sure VPN is off. Once it has paired, you can turn back on.

      • Kelley McC May 12, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

        Thanks so much Troy! I’ll try that!

      • Kelley McC May 14, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

        Hi Troy! I tried turning off the vpn then re-authorizing Real Debrid and still nothing. I decided to clear the data from Kodi and start over with the Durex build. I followed your tutorial and did a standard install. I turned the vpn off, re-authorized Real Debrid within Kodi and Placenta and still nothing. It will not play the Real Debrid sources that I pay for; only the free sources which always have buffering issues. Things were going great until I changed from the Supreme build to Durex. I tried unplugging the fire stick power cable and cycling my router and still nothing. I’m at a loss. Should I go back to the Surpreme or No Limits build?

        • Kelley McC May 14, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

          Never mind! I fixed it! Sorry for so many posts.

        • Brett May 15, 2018 at 8:57 am - Reply

          Kelley,

          That is completely up to you. If you feel the No Limits or other Build works best then definitely use them!

  11. Bruce May 8, 2018 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy.. I installed Durex, per your last email. Since then, massive buffer issues. Can’t play any thing. Not live not VOD…Fussed around with player settings. Video just stops won’t play. Suggestions? Also massive issues with Placenta. It was reliable. Now unable to add to favourites. Can’t find shows I’d previously saved in Placenta search. Suggestions?

    • Troy May 9, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Bruce, try restarting your router and Fire TV/Stick or Android Box. Also, uninstall any apps that you no longer need on your device.

  12. Bruce May 8, 2018 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Hey Troy unable to install from zip on repo,surpremebuilds.com… yes i typed it correctly…. got failed to install twice, can’t locate the file at the address. Now what?

    • Troy May 8, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Hi Bruce, I am no longer using that build in my Supercharge Guides due to all of the problems lately. If you visit my guide, you will see that I now have a new set of videos.

  13. Bill D May 6, 2018 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Troy,
    Using kodi 17.6 on an android box.
    The playback from an nas device, it seems mostly to be music videos mp4 fioes, on an nas keep pausing at random times. Did a clean reinstall which is a pain but no help. SometimeS it plays for 20 minutes other times two minutes. On screen it says paused and I can restart video by pressing olay, but this is more than annoyong.
    Please help.

  14. Jay Johnson May 2, 2018 at 12:57 am - Reply

    I am having ussues with Placenta and real debrid. I cannot find files from real debrid. Any suggestions?

  15. Kate McKay April 25, 2018 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Hi Troy. I have learnt so much from your emails so thank you. I have a real debrid account and have had it for a while. Lately I have found they have been buffering and have had to use normal hosts. I am running Kodi on my laptop and adjusted the advance settings. I just wonder if any one else has had this problem.

  16. Jay French April 21, 2018 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Hi Troy, 1st Thank You, fantastic job you are doing & your site has helped me become adept using both the Firestick (I now have 3) & virtually eliminating Buffer issues.
    I would like to make 2 separate additional comments:

    1- Using Supreme Builds Maintenance Wizard, Auto Clean, Set Auto Cleanup on Startup to On, Auto Frequency to Always – set clear cache, packages, old thumbs to on.

    2- For Buffer issues, 1st configure your Router. Since most use post 2009 electronics set the 2.4 to (n) only. Remove the protocols (a) (b) which are obsolete & this allows much faster streaming. In the 5 set this to (n and ac). For most this alone can increase broadband WiFi speeds by 50% of more.

    I use the ARRIS Surfboard which has capability of 1.3 & my download speeds are generally above 900 ethernet & above 100 WiFi which is plenty fast.

    Also, IPVanish is fantastic but the trick to using it in the US is to use the closest city to your home & discover which within the servers delivers consistently the fastest download. For me personally this is Dallas & servers #1 & #2.

    • Troy April 22, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Jay, awesome info. Thanks for your comment!!

  17. Dennis April 14, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I have Fire TV box and VPN, followed method 1 exactly (a few times) and the movies do not buffer for me. Any troubleshooting tips?

  18. Buck April 2, 2018 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Hi Troy! I did exactly as you stated in your article however, when I attempt to download a Real Debrid only movie in Skynet (for example), I continually get an error and no access even though I have paid for a Premium account with Real Debrid. Any ideas on what I might try next? Thanks for any help which may be forthcoming!

  19. Kim rode March 31, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    How do you fix the buffering if you have the titanium build? I do have IPVanish?

    • Troy April 2, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Hi Kim, if you already have Titanium installed, just follow what I do in the video. Open SB Wizard and then input the settings.

  20. Jim March 31, 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy,
    I have an Ott box and was wondering if VPN would work. How do I install it. I am new at this. Thanks

  21. fortenbra March 24, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Tried to work with Real-Debrid to help me set up the app but got no useful help. Your tutorial was easy to use and I have increased the size of my cache and finally synced Real-Debrid with my KODI app. The 1080 links lag a bit but the 720s are nice and smooth. Interesting side note is that so far only Exodus shows the R-D links while other add-ons like Specto-Fork and Placenta don’t show them… Could you tell me what other add-ons do sync with Real-Debrid?

  22. Tina M McFarland March 23, 2018 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I just did the whole supercharge guide to hopefully fix my problem of “no stream available”. It won’t even let me get to the links before saying that. Nothing will play!

    • Troy March 23, 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Tina, is your Internet provider blocking access? Are you using a VPN? Also, what addon within Titanium are you trying to use? Try this, unplug your router for a minute, plug back in and also restart your Fire TV or Android Box. This isn’t a problem with Kodi, it is a problem with your network or Internet.

  23. Paul Cleary March 22, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Hi Geoff, I can’t thank you enough for your support in downloading Kodi incursion. I had exodus 3.1 and exodus 2.7 for about six months before it went haywire. Now that I have had incursion for a month, I’m happy as a flea on a dog! Very little buffering. I have noticed that morning or late night streaming is better than afternoon or early evening. The providers are less busy I guess. I did not care for placenta and I’m not crazy about terrarium, but, I kept it for backup.
    I wish I could have exodus along with incursion, but I will be happy with what I have. I downloaded VPN but it would not install on my windows vista home premium. But IPVanish refunded my purchase price. I would suggest to those having major buffering problems to invest in a good netgear docsis 3.0 router with a higher wifi output.

    Again, Geoff, thanks for your expertise

  24. Michael S Dew March 21, 2018 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I have real debrid loaded and registered and setup as you explained. In covenant searching for a TV program 60 are found and most are identified as being thru RD. When I click on the first one covenant goes one after another not starting a link until the bottom when either it loads a non premium stream or tells me no streams are available. Can you suggest any trouble shooting steps to identify why RD links aren’t loading?

    • Michael March 21, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Uninstalled Kodi and started from scratch and everything is working great now. Not sure what happened but real debrid fixed my buffer problem. Thanks for the tip.

    • Troy March 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Hi Michael, if using a VPN, make sure you turn it off when you pair Real Debrid. Once it has been paired, you can turn back on.

  25. Ma March 20, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I bought real debrid and set it but I am still getting buffering issues, i even bought the vpn!

    • Troy March 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Have you checked your download speed on the device itself? This sounds like an Internet related problem.

  26. Sam March 15, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Hi, Troy,

    I used Method #1, and it worked great! However, when I went back the next day to watch a show on Kodi, the setting I changed seemed to have reset again and my show would only buffer a tiny bit ahead like before. I went into the program and changed the settings like I had the previous day and it worked again, but do you have any idea how I can save those settings so I don’t have to do that each time? Or maybe I did something wrong? Thanks for all your videos and tips!

    • Troy March 16, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Hi Sam, the settings do not go away. Please watch video again and see how you can verify that by looking at .xml file. You don’t want to look at settings in the actual tool as those reset as soon as you have created the .xml file. The tool is only meant for creating the settings.

    • Joan April 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      I keep having the same problem. It woked flawlessly the first time I tried to watch something, but now, every time I exit out of Kodi, all the changes I made are gone. I followed the video step-by-step and even went back several times to ensure I hadn’t done anything wrong or missed any steps, but now I am certain I did everything correctly. And yet, every time I open up Kodi, even after 30 minutes of using any of my firestick’s other apps, the cache is back to its default position, and when I try to watch something, it buffers constantly. No matter how many times I rewrite the file, this keeps happening.

      • Troy April 2, 2018 at 8:59 am - Reply

        Joan, as my video shows, you don’t want to look at the tool to examine your cache settings. The tool is just used to set the cache settings wihtin the .xml file. Once that file is created, the tool reverts back to its default settings. You want to look at the .xml file like I show in video to ensure that it is still in place.

  27. Jonathan March 8, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy. I finally got around to trying this advanced settings file as I had a movie with real debrid source get sluggish and choppy. Anyways, I followed instructions to a T. I tested out a movie but no caching like you demonstrate. I even paused for 2 minutes and still no caching ahead. I deleted the write file. restarted Kodi and attempted again. Same results. One thing I notice is when I go to quickview settings. the sliding bar stays at recommended and is NOT where I adjusted it up to full. Why is this not working? I have titanium build and utilizing the Sb wizard. I’m completely stumped as I did this to a T as you instruct. Oh and I used Placenta for the movie caching test. Please help. I hate being baffled especially with such an excellent Mentor!!

    • Troy March 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Jonathan, how much RAM is available on your device? If this is a very small amount, you may not notice anything.

      • Jonathan March 11, 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

        I guess whatever comes with firestick 2nd generation? The odd thing is like I said, after writing the file and going back into quickview settings, the bar I slid to full is back to recommended level. I cant understand why

        • Troy March 12, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

          Jonathan, that bar will always reset. It doesn’t show what the current value is. You can see that value in the xml file like I show in video. The bar/tool is only meant to set the value. It will always reset and does not reflect the current value.

  28. kim March 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy. I already have Real Debrid. I downloaded and installed Supremebuild flawlessly and it works great with non-RD items. But now my RD isn’t working. I click on it to play, and it says working and then stops. How can I fix this? Thanks

    • Troy March 7, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Kim, you need to ensure that when you pair your Real-Debrid account within Kodi that your VPN is off. Once it is paired, you can turn it back on. If already off, try restarting your router. Unplug, let sit for a minute and then plug back in.

  29. Alyssa March 6, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Hi- I followed all steps in the first option you posted and when I click the open box, then install from zip file, then sb there is nothing there?
    I followed everything prior to that!

    • Troy March 7, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Hello Alyssa, chances are that you typed in the url incorrectly in the previous step.

  30. Geoff February 25, 2018 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy,

    What do you think about the KODI 18 build? Should I upgrade to it? If so, what apps will I LOSE? What makes.it even better than 17.6? Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks. Geoff

    • Brett February 26, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Geoff,

      If your current Kodi software is working great I don’t see a reason to update to 18.

  31. Vince February 24, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    When I leave it paused for it to load, the stream gets canceled out by the amazon screensaver. How do I keep the movie link intact so that I don’t have to reopen it after I have paused it for an extended time?

    • Brett February 26, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Vince,

      You can edit the Fire TV Screensaver Timer within the Fire TV Display & Sounds Settings.

  32. Wayne February 23, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Every time I try to do the buffering adjustment the curser jump’s back to the original adjustment. upon going back in & checking

    • Troy February 24, 2018 at 10:34 am - Reply

      Hi Wayne, you don’t want to verify by looking in that tool as that will always reset. The tool is only used to make the initial file. Watch the video again and see how I verify by looking at the XML file itself.

  33. Bob Jameson February 20, 2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Hello Troy,
    Thank you for this helpful site. I am having similar issues as some of the other posters on here where I increase my cache size in Supreme Builds and then restart Kodi only to return and find the cache is back to where it was originally. Any tips? I’m using a 2nd Gen Firestick.

    Thank you for your help.

    • Troy February 21, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Bob, you need to make sure that you are looking in the XML file when you return “View XML File” or something similar to that. The other settings panel is only used to apply the settings to that new file. Those will always return back to default settings.

  34. Monty February 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy. I just installed supreme builders. Now I notice an icon for NaN Scrapers in my program add-one folder. Any idea what that is? Are usually use Terrarium, but went to Kodi today after the installation. I couldn’t get Elysium or Covenant to work. Should I be using something else?

    • Troy February 21, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Hi Monty, NaN Scrapers is used by the plugins to scrape for media files on the Internet.

  35. Wade February 14, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I have tried 2 different build wizards. I have a VPN and yet still constant buffering.

    • Troy February 15, 2018 at 11:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Wade, have you tested your Internet connection speed on the device that you are using?

  36. Kerri Ayling February 12, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone… I don’t know what I’m doing, trying to complete step 1 here… I can’t find any File Manager. Any suggestions appreciated!

  37. Dave Dimick February 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am using the advanced setting in the SB wizard to adjust my buffering size. I increased them to the max as suggested and saved the file then, closed out Kodi.
    When I re open kodi they have returned to where it was before I adjusted.
    what Am I doing wrong? Also I am using the newest ” invida Shield” device $200 bucks in OKC, if I don’t start getting some movies going my wife will never let hear the end of it!

    • Troy February 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Hello Dave, try using the Force Close Button at the bottom of the screen that you will see when hovering over System or one of those other main tabs.

  38. paul johnson February 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    When adjusting cache and both supreme builds and ares wizard are installed which one should I use? Does one conflict with the other program?

    • Troy February 12, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Hi Paul, if you write an XML file in one wizard, it will simply overwrite what was done in the other one. It shouldn’t conflict but it will just write over the file that you generated with the other.

  39. Greg February 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy. I followed your tutorial using Supreme Builds wizard to add cache and stop buffering okay however it only works on some TV shows and it doesn’t work at all on any movies what can you tell me why? I’ve gone back and remove the XML file and redid everything several times and only get the same issue doesn’t work on movies works on a couple maybe two TV shows I noticed in your video it shows the Supreme wizard shows up in video and program add-ons is it supposed to is that a problem mine doesn’t can you help me thanks.

  40. Rod Hopkins February 6, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Troypoint , what iptv do you recommend for Roku 3?

    • Troy February 10, 2018 at 12:56 am - Reply

      Hello Rod, sorry I don’t have a Roku so not much help on that one.

  41. Ryan G February 5, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Troy, I am having issues with getting real debrid to work on placenta and on neptune rising, works great on terrarium. I did step by step on instructions but I am still not getting real debrid links. Any help?

    • Troy February 5, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Ryan, some of these addons have an option within settings such as “Enable Debrid Sources” or something like that. Make sure that option is on and then try again.

  42. Stewart February 2, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Hi. I followed the Supremebuilds on Firestick method but this just seemed to prevent movies playing altogether. When I press ‘play’ on a movie do I then need to wait for the install to download a portion of the movie and then it will play. The buffering issues is now a huge issue for me, I can’t watch anything anymore!

    • Troy February 3, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Stewart, if you think this has caused your new problem, follow my video and delete the advancedsettings.xml file. You can go back to what you had previously but I would suggest doing what video suggests and using a different value until it works properly. Maybe try exactly what the tool is recommending instead of bumping up the value like I do in the video.

  43. Adrian C johns February 2, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Troy,
    On a Amazon Fire TV, following your tutorials, I installed the latest Kodi and add-ons, and I also purchased through your site the IPVanish. Also installed SBWizard and Terrarium.
    First week we were able to watch films with no problems, but now, it takes forever for providers to populate a list and getting to actually open a film and to watch it is impossible.
    The IPVanish i move around to different countries but the problem still exists.
    Our broadband connection is with BT and with fibre optic.
    Appreciate any help you can provide.

  44. Walter Brumfield February 1, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy. I appreciate all you instructions with Kodi. In the first step to eliminate buffering, do I need to reinstall supreme builds again if I already have it installed.

    • Troy February 2, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Walter, no you do not need to reinstall. Just follow instructions in video after I have already installed it. Take care.

  45. Linda February 1, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Troy i don’t have the add on covent how do i get it

  46. Dion Raymond February 1, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Dave, I was able to install the latest KODI download on my android box and now cannot get sound to work! Have you ever seen this?

  47. ray February 1, 2018 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Hi Troy,
    i’m running Kodi on a MAC and used method 2. i doesn’t seem to work. what am i doing wrong/ what else can i try?
    thanks,
    Ray

  48. lori del rio January 30, 2018 at 9:43 am - Reply

    I am having the problem that it will not save my setting in the advance setting are. i have fire stick gen 2

    • Troy January 31, 2018 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Hello Lori. Try username as root and password as admin. This is default for DD-WRT.

  49. David M Tuckey January 30, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Hi, I am using the advanced setting in the SB wizard to adjust my buffering size. I increased them to my liking and saved the file then, closed out Kodi.
    When I re open kodi they have returned to where it was before I adjusted.
    Am I doing something incorrectly?

    • Troy January 30, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Hi David, I have never had this problem. What device are you using Kodi on?

  50. John January 27, 2018 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    I’ve done all theee things and my Kodi is still buffering like crazy and advice?

    • Troy January 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Check your Internet speed. Also, do you have a strong connection between your Kodi device and router?

  51. Dave January 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Hi troy, question about the cache, how come everyone I go in to the configuration, the size available is different? If I go in and it says I have 90mb available ava set the max at 90, but then go in to check it like you said… But this time it says I have 82mb, will it affect it at all and not help with the buffering?

    • Troy January 29, 2018 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Dave, the reason this is always different is due to the fact that your available RAM changes depending on what is being used by background processes running the Android operating system.

  52. Gail January 26, 2018 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you Troy, I found what I was looking for. I must have listened, but not realize I needed to change the skin. Lots of information to sift through. I appreciate what you are doing. Thank you for all your information.

  53. Janet Johnson January 25, 2018 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Troy, thanks for all your tutorials. You once offered instructions on bypassing the long list of potential sources when streaming movies, et al. With your instruction, we were able to have the “best” version of the content stream automatically without having to surf thru a list. I cant find those instructions now, but we just purchased fire tv and I’m trying to install that update. (Part of my problem is that I’m usually operating with 4 or 5 troypoint.com windows open at one time and then I can’t return to the exact location.) Thank you!

  54. Gail January 25, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Troy, how do I add Kodi add-ons, after I’ve cleared data, installed SB Wizard, Covenant, ect.?? Your instructions are always from a cleared data state. I want to install Oculus, but when I open Kodi, aside from a data clear, I don’t have the “open box” icon and etc., and that’s the only instructions I’ve been able to find.

    • Troy January 26, 2018 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Hi Gail, refer to bonus video at bottom of Supercharge Guide as I go through all of that.

  55. David Draper January 25, 2018 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Hi Troy,

    I did step one and my MacPro suggestion was 500MB. I also use PureVPN and KODI NO LIMITS. I have Xfinity and typically have between 35 and 85 MB/sec. However, many shows and movie will not cash memory ahead of the movie place. It will stop and try to buffer or continue in a jagged manner and I have to put it on hold and start again. I run speed test inside of NO LIMITS and its always above 25-35MB/sec. What do I do?

  56. Gary Glenn January 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Troy,
    I have started fresh with a reset Firestick because of buffering issues. I added ipVanish. Added Supreme Builds Wizard. When I went into SB Wizard to adjust Video cache it told me I only had 29mb current, 29mb recommended and a Video Cache Size of 42mb. Any idea why these numbers are so small? Thanks for you help.

    • Troy January 25, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

      Hi Gary, you may be using a 1st Gen Fire TV Stick? Also, you may have some applications running in the background in addition to Kodi.

    • Gary Glenn January 25, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

      I probably have the first generation Firestick.
      What is the currently the fastest model available? I will purchase right away.
      Thanks for all your help.

      • Troy January 26, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

        The best is the 3rd Generation Fire TV and works better than the stick when using a VPN.

        • John Little February 1, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

          How can you tell what version of Fire TV you have?

          • Troy February 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

            Hello John, you will know if you have a 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick by looking at the outside of the stick, if the Model Number is LY73PR, it is a 2nd Generation Firestick.

  57. Justin January 21, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Hello, after I add the source and then click on it or attempt to install from zip, there is nothing there. I have tried several times, and I have made sure I typed it exactly as you did. Any ideas?

    • Troy January 24, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Try again, Justin. Using a new tool now within Supreme Builds Wizard.

  58. Sandra January 21, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Troy high five because you are a super guy.
    I can always depend on you to fix my Kodi issues.

    • Troy January 21, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Hi Sandra, thanks for the comment! Have fun with Kodi.

  59. Jessica January 20, 2018 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Troy-
    I tried using Method 1 in the above list and I got all the way to Install from Zip File and I click my Fire link and it goes to the next screen like yours did in the video but there is nothing to hilight to click ok?? Any suggestions?

    • Troy January 21, 2018 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Jessica, Fire TV Guru site is down but I have updated both video and written tutorial above. Please try again. Thank you.

  60. Jeanne January 19, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Ipvanish, works great. Was able to install and stop all buffering on Kodi, thanks! Now, the words don’t match the mouth of the speakers on the shows. The timing is all off. Is there a fix for this?

    • Troy January 21, 2018 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Hello Jeanne, try choosing a different link to play the video…you may just have a bad source. Also, sometimes clicking pause for approximately 10 seconds will help as well.

  61. Sharon January 18, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Hello

    I went into a guide on how to stop buffering in kodi
    In the first video, the number should be divided by 1/3
      Then change by the number that comes out
    Thanks

    • Troy January 21, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Sharon, the 1/3 is already indicated for you and that is one of the reasons we are using the Wizard. Watch video again and you will see that it has already calculated the 1/3 for you.

  62. Michael Shoppe January 14, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    hi- so i recently purchased a 4k tv and installed kodi on a firetv…on my 1080 tvs with a firestick, everything works smoothly as I’ve set all the recommended settings but on my 4k tv with the firetv, live events such as sporting events tend to lag or have a slower playback. Any suggestions?

    • Troy January 15, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Hi Michael, are your 1080 televisions closer to your router and getting better reception? This sounds like a problem with your networking.

  63. Marcel Hardin January 14, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Troy, thank you for this tutorial. I follow you heavily and I’m a super charged user. Every since kodi was released for xbox I had huge streaming issues because of buffering. Finally came back to this and set video cache size to max and now i’m having no problems. That was a major difference. Almost lost hope for kodi on xbox. Been at this for days, trying different addons and builds to no avail. Thank you so much Troy. Also im using incursion addon on xbox and its working well

    • Troy January 15, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Thanks for comment, Marcel! Glad this is working for you.

  64. Nick January 13, 2018 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Troy,

    Thanks for your tutorials they have been the most helpful and informative out of the ones out there. I did your recommended steps for stopping buffering with the advanced settings. Super easy but when I got back in after restarting they always go back to what it was set at before and will not increase. Am I missing something, I am doing this on my laptop running Windows 10. Thanks

    • Troy January 15, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Hi Nick, make sure that after you input the settings that you close Kodi with the actual exit button. Try restarting after doing that.

  65. Irwin Dandrade January 3, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Troy I have been successfully using your tutorials with no problems so far. I would like to contribute to keep you doing such a fine job, what do you accept?.

    • Troy January 3, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Hello Irwin, that is very kind of you but I don’t accept donations. Just keep watching and reading my tutorials…that is good enough. Thanks for the kind gesture!

  66. Rafael Goldfarb December 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Mike, you can manage the sound sync by clicking on the speaker icon on the right and down corner of the screen, and then open the audio offset slide to move it to the right, forward, or the left, backward, as needed.

  67. Mike December 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    My video plays fine but am having problems with sound…the video plays right along but the sound doesn’t keep up. Any Suggestions?

    • Troy December 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Mike, try selecting another video source and see if that helps. Might be the video file.

  68. Leo December 18, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Will these steps work with android box (T95z plus) ?

    • Troy December 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Leo, yes, this works with any device that runs Kodi.

  69. jed December 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I followed the directions for the fire tv wizard, but movies still buffer like crazy and i don’t see the grey bar advancing ahead, even if the movie is paused. i have 2nd gen fire tv and already did the supercharge.

    • Troy December 18, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Hi Jed, try restarting your router. Also, what kind of Internet speed to you have?

  70. Paul Foster December 10, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Hi Troy
    I have loaded the Titanium build onto Kodi. How do I now get into Kodi to access settings to stop buffering.

  71. Ronald Moscatello December 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Hi .. I have a question. The Durex build I have would not allow me to bring up system info and gave me an error message. I’m using windows 7 with 6gb of memory. I went into windows system info and it showed I had 3.7gb free memory. I calculated that into MB and it came to 3750mb. I divided that by .30 and times that twice at 1024 and got a bites amount of 1173356544 and added that to the buffer area into the xml file. Is this to much ? Or is this OK for my computer ?

  72. Troy December 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    New video posted above under Video #1 Heading. This now works with the new Kodi 17 tags that the developers are using for Memory Size and Read Factor.

  73. Rafael Goldfarb December 2, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Mark, the Programs Addons is the right place, just remember that only works on older versions of Kodi (V16 and before), for V17 read the Wiki for changes

    • Troy December 5, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Hello Guys, see new video above that I just published. This uses new tags that Kodi has in place for 17. Thank you.

  74. Mark December 2, 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I installed the easy advanced settings but at the end it only installed in the program addons and does not install in the video addons. Any advice or suggestions.

  75. Stu December 1, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    does NOT work with Kodi V17 !!! see Wiki 😉

  76. motodude December 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    After installing easy advanced settings it still will not buffer, I have tried this on 2 different fire TVs and both will not buffer. I am using IPVanish as well. Any suggestions?

  77. Davy November 25, 2017 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Trying to follow your video on how to stop buffering, how do I revert from titanium skin to the original on your video,

    • Stu November 29, 2017 at 4:08 am - Reply

      only works on older versions of Kodi (V16 and before), for V17 read the Wiki for changes 😉

  78. Brian F November 24, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I recently moved from Apple TV to the FireTV. I’ve had an issue where on live IPTV or movies in Kodi the movie just stops. Or watching TV it freezes up after 10-30 minutes. I’ve gone back and forth between Apple and FireTV and it does not happen with Apple. Is there some setting within the FireTV that I need to adjust? I do not have a VPN.

  79. hélène habibi November 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Hello, i installed kodil on my firestick, i changed the settings for the cache in mb. I first put 30% of the memory showing, it seemed alright but when I tried to watch a streaming link it would find links but not launch them, even waiting a long time. I then tried just 10%, i tried after clearing cache but it just doesn’t launch the video. (Finding a stream from exodus add-on). Any idea? Thanks !

  80. Rafael Goldfarb November 22, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Troy, I misinterpreted the last step ‘re)Authorize my account’ in your instructions when setting the Real-Debrid account in the URLResolver. I fixed it and now everywthing works properly. Thanks for your dedication to the cause.

  81. Crystal Hoepf November 22, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

    I followed method one and I’m just curious if the cache clears itself out or if I need to manually clear it. It worked great for two days and now every movie I try to watch buffers. I have recently reset my Kodi and the advanced settings and covenant are the only add-ons I have so there isn’t anything bogging it down. Any thoughts?

  82. Rafael Goldfarb November 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I’ve found the ‘advancedsettings.xlm’ file and made the following changes to your settings:

    In Kodi v17, the following tags are removed from and placed under a new tag. Also, is renamed to and is renamed to

    Now I’m sure it’s working, because I do see the gray line moving ahead of the current playback locations, especially after pausing.

  83. Rafael Goldfarb November 21, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Sorry. The correct names of the parameters in the ‘advancedsettings.xlm’ file are: , , and

  84. Matt November 21, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Does anyone have a written step by step guide to change the cache size fro buffering? I hate the videos

  85. Rafael Goldfarb November 21, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Troy. I’ve find the ‘advancedsettings.xml’ file in my Windows 10 Kodi v.17.5, I made the change from to , and from to in the advancedsettings.xml using Wordpad. I hope this will work properly now. I tried it, but I don’t see the gray bar advanced caching in the playback area as you pointed out in your video. Is this a bad sign that it’s not working for me, even when pausing for a long time?

  86. Rafael Goldfarb November 21, 2017 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Troy, me again. After applying your instructions in this post in a Windows 10 PC, I searched for the ‘advancedsettings.xml’ file, but Cortana didn’t find it in the PC folders. Where is it located, so I can try to change it there in a Kodi v.17 environment?

  87. Rafael Goldfarb November 21, 2017 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Troy, I found this new information sent out by Kinkead Tech, that relates to changes to the AdvancedSettings.xml file in Kodi v.17:

    ‘However, according to the official Kodi Wiki, the names of the XML tags have been renamed in Kodi 17.

    In Kodi v17, the following tags are removed from and placed under a new tag. Also, is renamed to and is renamed to

    Unfortunately, the Easy Advanced Settings add-on still hasn’t updated to the newly renamed XML tags used in Kodi 17.

    If you’re still using Kodi 16, then go ahead and use this add-on since it makes the process of changing these settings much easier.’

    Have you made those changes to your addon in Koil.co? I used your addon with v.17. Does it mean that I’m really missing the benefits of the settings I made? I should I proceed?

    Thanks for your work and advice.

  88. Dave November 21, 2017 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Hi Troy.When trying to fix buffering on kodi with your free guide if the free memory isn’t a stable number which mine goes from 233mb to 299mb when rechecked How do you get a stable number when the calculator number is made to enter in easy advance settings to stop buffering. Android Kodi Box MQ Pro4

  89. Jack Aden November 20, 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Usually, I don’t have a problem installing add ons when following your instructions. But this one installed to program add ons and not video add ons also. I don’t know if that makes a difference, but the add on is not working. I went back and checked the settings in the “Easy Advanced Settings”, menu, and all are correct. Suggestions, please? Thanks for a producing a great web site.

  90. Roberta November 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    After I installed Easy Advanced Settings, it showed up in my Program Add-one, but not in my Video Add-one. Did I do something wrong? Also, watching tv in anything on Kodi has become a very slow process, if it works at all. 17.6. Terrium is much more user friendly, when I can find a google stream.

  91. Louis November 19, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I followed your instructions but the “Easy Advanced Settings” add on does not have a “Tweak” or a top menu…It looks to be a gui to make XML file changes???

  92. Darwin Teague November 19, 2017 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Would adding or deleting apps change the available memory, or is that memory separate from the memory you use for a buffer?

    Thanks for this and all you do!

  93. Kim November 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I followed the steps in the first option to stop the buffering. It doesn’t seem to work. It is soooo annoyingly frustrating. I have to keep the remote in hand to pause a show every 5 secs, then rewind because it glurbed and I didn’t hear what they say. That of course takes 3 mins for it to start playing again so it takes 2 hours to watch and hour long show! I have researched online, some say clear cache, others say doesn’t do anything. I updated to 17.6, added the advanced settings per above, and started watching a show. It’s 23 mins in and I started the show 60 mins ago. I thought that the show is supposed to load so it doesn’t buffer once I did the advanced settings. It’s not loading…or at least I don’t see the white bar on progress bar. I thought it would be on all streams now that I did that but it’s not. I know it does on some streams generally, but I don’t know which one they are. I have a firestick. Please help! This is so annoying! Does the internet speed have anything to do with the buffering? Any advice to fix this issue?

    • Randy C. November 28, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      I am having the exact same issues that Kim is with my Firestick. Troy what up??

  94. Mark November 18, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I have the 96 pro plus android box and sometimes while watching the picture dims I thought you had a video on this but can’t seem to find it

  95. Paul Lawlor November 16, 2017 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Troy,
    I have everything working fine except for one tv show called Outlander. When I watch this show on Kodi the picture is not that good. It appears as if it is not high definition and it used to be back before this new season.
    It is a problem with just this particular show and I cannot figure it out. When I watch Shameless everything is crystal clear. These are both showtime shows and the date they were on on showtime, are around the same ( October, November of 2017).

  96. Duane Robinson November 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I am using SET and IPVanish…..Recently there was an update to SET which no longer allows you to use IPVanish. Any work around for this

  97. Don November 13, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Hi Troy,
    As others have said in their posts about the Real-Debrid links not working I’m having the same problem. Your video on Real-Debrid was followed to the T and when the streams come up there are a bunch of them that says ALLDEBRID but none of them ever work.
    Can you please let me and any others having the same problem let us know what can be done to get these streams to work?
    Thanks, Don

    • Darwin Teague November 19, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

      Did you edit the alldebrid section of the settings instead of the real-debrid settings?

  98. Rafael November 11, 2017 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Hi Troy. I’m running Kodi 17.3 on my Firestick but I can’t make the 123Movies add-on playback any movie since I keep receiving this “Playback failed” message due to a “Window id does not exist” error in the log viewer. It looks like this error is associated with Mucky Duck. Is there a solution for this?

  99. Toni November 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Downloaded the VPN, hasn’t helped my buffering issues at all. Any suggestions? Tied the Ares, but the file path kept coming up with an error when I tried to unzip the file.

  100. MIchael Selby November 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    after installing ares I go to open it and get a timeout message, then I get an “no address associated with hostname” message, then the program closes

    • MIchael Selby November 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      this is on kodi 17.5

  101. BoB November 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Like many of the above, I have loaded real-debrid and can see the deb links. However, none will play when selected. Help? I’m not the only one apparently.

    • Ken November 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      Did the same all RD links don’t work

  102. Steve November 5, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Hi i have only had Kodi for a week, I made the mistake of change my Kodi to default settings then cleared the data Ares wizard and reinstalled covenant now I’m having trouble with videos and tv shows not starting and buffering problems can you help

  103. Howard November 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy,
    I am having trouble with my settings on the Kodi app. When I launch Kodi the screen does not show the Kodi logo gear on the left side. When I started I was able to follow the commands. How do I get to those settings again?

  104. Claude November 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Every time i punch in the authorisation code for the real debris it prompt for a user name and password

  105. Eric Drake October 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    When in install from zip file I click on ares and nothing happens

  106. Jen October 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Please help! when i follow the video and I type in the ares link http:\\repo.ares-project.com/magic and then I change the name to ares then hit go I get a message that says ( couldn’t retrieve directory information. this could be due to the network not being connected.. would you like to add it anyway?) I do this and then when I get to the part where I want to retrieve the zip file it is not there. what am I doing wrong?

    • Jen October 20, 2017 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Same thing as Paul

  107. Paul Lawlor October 19, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

    when i follow the video and I type in the ares link http:\\repo.ares-project.com/magic and then I change the name to ares then hit go I get a message that says ( couldn’t retrieve directory information. this could be due to the network not being connected.. would you like to add it anyway?) I do this and then when I get to the part where I want to retrieve the zip file it is not there. what am I doing wrong?

  108. Gee Jay October 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I can’t get anything to play. I am using IPVanish but, everything comes up as “unavailable”.

    • Willis November 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      Troy,it looks like this must have changed again? It’s not working

  109. LaTashia Bryant September 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy,
    I am having trouble with streaming live TV it says loading local proxy and then nothing. I get unavailable next to the channel I’m trying to stream. Do I need to factory reset and start from scratch because mine of my live channels work? What would you suggest?

  110. Tracy Bacon September 25, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    I tried taking Kodi off my Fire Stick and downloading the latest 17.4 version, then downloaded Terrarium and the “how to stop buffering” feature. Still buffers like CRAZY any time of the day. I even brought the stick down and plugged it into my TV that is next to the router and acts the same. We have high speed internet and I don’t see why it should be an issue. It does this with Terrarium and all of the “Movie” channels on Kodi…if this is how it is it is not worth using. Any suggestions? Oh and I also have real debrid installed…could not get Ares to complete the installation.

  111. Effie Brown September 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    i can’t get anything to play!!

  112. Paulette Markfelder September 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Message says can’t connect to network server?

  113. Jim Casy September 6, 2017 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Anybody have any idea why my Real Debrid links on both Terrarium and Kodi addons either have no sound/and or just completely freeze and don’t play?????????????????
    Non-Debrid links are OK.

  114. Jim Casy September 4, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    xx

  115. Tikel September 4, 2017 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Hi
    I installed the vpn on my 2017 system with kodi using convenant but still buffering . Vpn is connected . Why is system still buffering while trying to watch the movie?
    Any fix ideas

    • Jim Casy September 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      The Ares Wizard tutorial is good one if you haven’t done it. It lets your system allocate more memory while a stream is playing. Helps my system.

  116. sunshine328 August 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I had a broken link for ares wizard still so i updated it and installed real debrid and at first the buffering stopped! However a few days later buffering started happening again. 🙁 Also I notice that when whatever addon I’m using (elysium or covenant) starts looking for streams it doesn’t choose any of the real debrid labeled streams… Not sure why that is… Any suggestions??

    • Dee September 17, 2017 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      I’m having that same problem. I have absolutely no real-debrid streams.

  117. Lionel J Gautreaux August 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I’ve downloaded the VPN recommended, but I get buffering worse than ever with it on than off!! WTH???

    • Troy August 18, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Lionel, try connecting to a different server within IPVanish, one that is closer to where you live.

  118. Douglas Provan August 15, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I installed ares wizard, but am reluctant to do the tweak portion, as I believe you stated in another tutorial to not download movies on Kodi. If I do download them, how do i get rid of them after I’ve watched them
    ?

    • Troy August 18, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Douglas, you aren’t downloading, you are streaming them.

  119. jabrd23 August 6, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Hi Troy.. Ever since I loaded the new new supercharge build i haven’t been able to use kodi at all… It worked fine before but now with all the buffering it is pretty much useless… I have tried your first to buffering fixes with no success.. Any suggestions?… Is the build just to big for my system/internet connection. I have a 2nd Generation fire stick running on a personnel sprint hotspot.. which was working fine before the build…

    • Troy August 18, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Hello, go back to the Supercharge Guide and go through the process again. Fire TV Stick 2 works perfectly well. Also, you may want to consider doing a factory reset first on your device as you may have it loaded with too many apps and that is bogging down performance.

  120. ZP811 August 5, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Hi Troy. I am getting lots of “shaking” on movies since I followed process to stop the buffering. I have tried switching between Covenant, Elysium, a Exodus, and get the same shaking on all. Any suggestions?

  121. Paul 'PJ' Blalock August 4, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Does anyone else have the problem of real debrid choosing the first 7 listed with English subtitles on a tv show such as supergirl that has been out a year already? When I get to link 8 is when the subtitles usually stop. Please advice

  122. Dan Anthony July 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Is there any sure way to find out if your ISP is throttling your speed back? Using TWC, Spectrum, in Northern KY

  123. Kimberly Beck July 28, 2017 at 5:34 am - Reply

    I’ve tried everything mentioned but l still experience buffering. I was wondering if the features Collect app Usage Data and Data Monitoring features were turned off would this help alleviate the buffering? I know both of these features take up a lot of space.
    Thank you so much for you very informative site.

  124. Rachael Lamons July 27, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Is there a Tweek for buffering on the new supercharge build like there was for Ares?

    • Troy August 18, 2017 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Rachael, you can install Ares on any build if it isn’t already installed.

  125. Debbie Stevenson Banaszkiewicz July 24, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Still having buffering issues. I’ve done everything as advised including stopping & starting with pause. It’s to the point where I just give up. Any ideas?

  126. Michael Coombe July 23, 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Troy. Already have Ares wizard and a pulse ccm build through ipnvanish VPN. Can I just go into tweaks and follow from there. I Ask because I have tried it twice and I get all the screens and prompts that you do. Follow all. And have done a force stop and an unplug of device. I am still having buffering issues. How can I verify it is set properly. I have only done this 1st video. Have not tried number 2 yet.

    • Troy July 23, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Hi Michael, yes, no need to reinstall Ares if already on your device.

      • Simon July 24, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

        I have the same issue as Mike does when watching live tv. Channel works for first few minutes then buffering and stuttering begins. Any advise?

        I have firestick next to the router, 200Mb net, new tv.

  127. Sandy Escobar-Daniels July 22, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Troy, followed step by step instructions, triple checked the spelling for Ares. Everurhing seems good until i wait for message from Ares. It says Ares install failed. Do t know where to go from here, URL is correct. HELP PLEASE AND THANK YOU

    • Troy July 23, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Ares Wizard servers are getting hit hard with traffic. See above tutorial as I have fired up a new server and you can download the repo through my link. Please do not share this link as my server will go down as well. Thank you.

  128. Michelle Hepton July 21, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Please help x getting this message and don’t know what to do x thanks for all other vids Troy have managed to do them x https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8fcc20f2de8d4576ac39ade5d40fa027a6bd55280cd6f7090840af3de1f0def.jpg

  129. Helena Mercado July 19, 2017 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Once again Troy, you are the best! I absolutely needed help with buffering issues and your first video took care of it completely. This is why I love your site. Thanks so much for all your help!

    • Troy July 19, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Thanks for your comment, Helena!

  130. Cajunbelle70663 July 16, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Are you able to authorize multiple devices under one RealDebrid account? I have a FireTV box and a Stick. Also, can you explain a little more about RealDebird–what it does, how it works? I saw something about uploading files and conversion.

  131. Le Marchand July 16, 2017 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Does Ares clear the cache when you’re done watching something?

    • Juan Figueroa July 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      No, you need to do it manually.

  132. Christie Freet July 15, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I have exponentially more problem streaming older shows. The older the show, the less likely it will load properly. Get so frustrated I give up. I just read this article, so I will be taking these steps. I do have IPVanish. But is it just the way it is with older tv shows? Fewer sources, thus the problem?

    • Troy July 19, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Hi Christie, yes, you are exactly right. Less sources for the older shows.

  133. Tat2Joe July 15, 2017 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Just wanted to say thanks Troy, everything I have tried that you show has worked.

    • Troy July 15, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

      You are welcome, Tat2Joe. Thanks for comment!

  134. Branden July 15, 2017 at 12:21 am - Reply

    I’m using a fire stick upgraded to 17.3 krypton and confluence skin. I have followed all the appropriate steps to download and install ares wizard. When I try to launch ares wizard it opens a “Downloading Ares Wizard – Modules” window. However, the download freezes and I get this error “[Erno socket error] timed out.” Anyone run into this problem? Anyone know a fix?

    • Troy July 15, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Branden, try restarting your Kodi device. If that doesn’t work, try restarting your router as well.

      • Branden July 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        I’ve restarted my fire stick and my router as well. Ares Wizard 0.0.60 shows up in my program add-ons, but when I go to open Ares Wizard, it goes to the Downloading Ares Wizard – Modules. The download still never starts and I get the same [Erno socket error] timed out. Help please!

  135. Mark July 13, 2017 at 12:46 am - Reply

    All of a sudden it appears Spin Tv wizard isn’t working. I go to the exodus ans Specto fork apps and it wont show the movie. This is of 7/13.. Is something amiss??

  136. Debbie Stevenson Banaszkiewicz July 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I have the Pulse build. How do I stop buffering on there? The tutorials above don’t seem to apply.

    • Mark Ciccarelli July 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      You have to change your skin back to Kodi. If you need to know how let me know

      • Debbie Stevenson Banaszkiewicz July 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

        Yes would love help. Does changing the skin mean eliminating the build?

        • Mark Ciccarelli July 12, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

          No you still have everything, but you are in the Kodi home page when you got it you are familiar with. I had the same trouble and I went back to my Kodi page because I am more familiar with it. You could also change back to pulse if you want.
          1) on your pulse Home page go to SYSTEM
          2)INTERFACE
          3) SKIN
          4) XONFLUECE hit
          5 ) Hit ESTUARY (that will take you back to the page you are familiar with.
          ps
          If you want to go back to your Pulse page just hit the Xonfluence skin and it will take you to the page you have now

          • Debbie Stevenson Banaszkiewicz July 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

            Thanks. Can you tell me how that helps with buffering issues?

            • Mark Ciccarelli July 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

              Follow the video above, that got you to Kodi home page where you could get to the settings. I had to get to the home page before I got his instructions how to stop buffering. He explained it in the video above.

              • Debbie Stevenson Banaszkiewicz July 12, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

                Now I understand. Thanks!

            • Troy July 15, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

              Video #1 increases the cache size so the video will download prior to playing rather than downloading on the fly.

          • Troy July 15, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

            Mark, thanks for helping with this support request! Much appreciated.

    • Ronnie Joseph Berry July 13, 2017 at 3:05 am - Reply

      I also have pulse build, how do I stop buffering.

    • Mark Ciccarelli July 17, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

      I went back to the Kodi default built to do it

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