Looking to fix my bitrate for dual PC game streaming

Jan 4, 2019
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Hello guys,

I am trying to set up my system for game streaming on dual PC. I connected them via ETHERNET cable. I couldn't find crossover cable, but I found a crossover adapter, which seems to work perfectly. So the connection is stable.
But, I have an issue with the PC that I'm running the game and OBS on. I'm running the stream on GPU, since I want to keep the CPU for the game. Video quality is good, everything is great.
EXCEPT, while the stream is running, after about 20-30 minutes the bitrate on first PC(game PC) goes to 0 kb/s and the bitrate bar goes red from green. At this very point I'm streaming a black screen instead of a game, because the first PC(game PC) is sending nothing to the second PC(stream PC).
I have no idea how to fix this. I've tried various things but nothing works. I've tried tinkering about on settings and stuff, but nothing seems to keep this stable.

My gaming PC is i5-7700 3.4ghz cpu, 16gb ram and Radeon RX 480 8gb gpu and on this one I'm running the game, OBS and webcam, while my streaming PC is a i7-4770 3.4ghz cpu, 16gb ram, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4gb gpu and here I'm running the streaming towards the platform, VLC which captures the gaming PC stream, music and have various other web pages open on a regular basis.

Gaming PC should be good enough for what I'm trying to stream. Heck, it goes like this even while streaming Hearthstone.

Do you think it's the GPU that can't handle the stress on gaming PC? Could it be the webcam that eats up from GPU capacity and that makes OBS' bitrate go to 0kb/s? On gaming PC my bitrate in OBS is set at 40000, based on the info found on internet.

Could it be that the crossover adapter isn't entirely stable and should I just try and find a direct cable instead? The thing is the connection between the two PCs never dropped. But the gaming PC is the one that is connected to the internet and the streaming PC is connected to the gaming PC and takes internet from there. Do you think I should revert this and have the streaming PC directly connected to the internet source and gaming PC connected to the internet trough the streaming PC?

And the resolution that I'm trying to stream at is 1920x1080.

Also, I have a gigabit internet connect, so for what matters, the internet could not be the issue here.

Can anyone please help me with this?

Thank you!

Cristian
 

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