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How to Optimize Your Network for Streaming
« on: November 11, 2016, 06:54:43 PM »
Which network connection is best?

WiFi communicates over radio waves and Ethernet communicates over wires. Ethernet is generally always much better than WiFi. This is  because of interference and congestion in 802.11 WiFi bands.

If your media streamer comes with an Ethernet port, this will be your best bet for streaming.

A good Network connection can eliminate freezing and buffering where the video stops and you have to wait for it to load.

AC 5Ghz WiFi vs Wireless B,G,N 2.5Ghz

5Ghz  AC Wifi is superior to 2.4Ghz connectivity as there is much less interference in the 5Ghz Band. The downside is, 5Ghz does not have as long a range.

A 2.4Ghz channel is the most prone to interference from common radiating components like microwave and baby monitors which can cause signal degradation in this Band.

If you have an AC Router 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz connection which is the best?

If using Ethernet is not an option, your best bet would almost always be 5Ghz because of higher throughput and less interference.

How do I check for the less congested channel?

Use a typical wifi analyzer app on your computer or phone to find out the cleanest channel with least amount of users in your neighborhood. The app will scan your local area to let you know which channel provides the strongest signal. Then move your router channel to that channel.

Here is one app you can use on an Android device.


By choosing a channel with less interference and congestion on your router, the better signal quality and streaming quality you will get.

Remember, if at all possible use Ethernet. It will give you the best streaming experience possible without any chance for interference.

Choose a media streamer that comes with an Ethernet port, not all models do.

To save from needing to run multiple Ethernet cables from your Router to all your devices located at your entertainment center. You can use an Ethernet Switch. Then you need to only run one Cat 6 or Cat 5e Ethernet wire to the switch from your Router. Each device can then be hooked directly to the switch.

« Last Edit: November 11, 2016, 07:44:25 PM by Admin »
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