Kodi is the most popular media center software available today, given its ease of use. However, some users have reportedly been affected with unexpected buffering issue while streaming video content on their device running the latest version of Kodi aka Kodi 17.1 Krypton.
If you are among the affected users and you are running Kodi 17.1, then there is a relatively easier way to fix this problem using an add-on. It must be noted that the steps provided below will only help reduce the effects of the problem and may not actually help eliminating it.
- Launch Kodi, open File Manager and add the following repo to sources list: http://repo.hackmykodi.com/
- Choose add-ons and then select the package icon at the top-left of the screen. Then hit 'Install from zip file' and finally choose the source you added in the previous step.
- Choose program-add-ons and select system settings. Finally, tap on the .zip file with 'advanced settings' in its name as shown in the screenshot below.
- Go back to the Add-ons screen and open the Easy Advanced Settings add-on.
- Go to Edit Settings > Network Settings and select Network.
- In the ensuing menu, choose cacheMemBufferSize. Then delete the DISABLED text and enter "419430300" (without quotes).
- Now choose bufferMode and select 1.
- Finally, choose readbufferfactor. Delete DISABLED text and enter "4".
- Choose the double periods at the top of the list three times before choosing Write XML file.
That's it. You should now be able to stream video content seamlessly without much buffering issues.
[Source: Redmond Pie]