Quality Windows Audio Video Experience

The Quality Windows Audio Video Experience (qWave) service is a networking platform for audio/video (A/V) streaming applications on IP home networks.

The platform for the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience service enhances A/V streaming performance and reliability by ensuring network Quality of Service (QoS) for A/V applications. It provides mechanisms for admission control, run-time monitoring and enforcement, application feedback, and traffic prioritization. The platform for the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience service provides the functionality for socket-based applications to gather in-depth, real-time information of a variable bandwidth network, allowing it to dynamically adapt to changing network conditions. It also allows applications to prioritize packets to make better use of the available bandwidth.

This service is installed by default and its startup type is Manual.

When the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience service is started in its default configuration, it logs on by using the Local Service account.

The Quality Windows Audio Video Experience service is dependent upon the following system components:

  • Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver
  • QoS Packet Scheduler
  • QWAVE driver
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • DCOM Server Process Launcher
  • RPC Endpoint Mapper