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Bradshaw3

(7,488 posts)
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 11:22 AM Oct 2019

Question about Roku and a wired connection

Have a Roku streaming stick plus and picture from wireless is sometimes blurry due to slow download speeds. Would upgrading to a Roku Ultra which has an ethernet port for a wired connection help? Blogs say it could but if the download speeds are slow from the router how much would it really hep?

Thanks in advance.

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Question about Roku and a wired connection (Original Post) Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 OP
Not sure Timewas Oct 2019 #1
Thanks for the input Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 #3
i doubt it. Unless your in-house wireless is badly configured or spotty drray23 Oct 2019 #2
Thanks Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 #4
3??? Timewas Oct 2019 #5
It's supposed to be 12 something overall Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 #6
Try Timewas Oct 2019 #7
Thanks for the suggestion Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 #10
We use a wired connection for Netflix on our main television. hunter Oct 2019 #8
Thanks for the info Bradshaw3 Oct 2019 #9

Timewas

(2,190 posts)
1. Not sure
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 11:30 AM
Oct 2019

About the stick but with other roku's doesn't seem to make much difference, it all depends on what your DL speed at the router is..

drray23

(7,616 posts)
2. i doubt it. Unless your in-house wireless is badly configured or spotty
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 11:39 AM
Oct 2019

like for example, having your TV with the Roku too far from the router, you should not have a problem. The bandwidth of a local wireless network is more than enough to stream movies. so, either your wireless signal is not strong enough (like behind several walls from the router or such) or its your actual internet connection to the outside that is lacking.

Bradshaw3

(7,488 posts)
4. Thanks
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 12:28 PM
Oct 2019

I've moved the router to a few feet from the box and it is pointed right at it. I've also gone through the process of resetting with the IP, which helped initially but it has gone back to spotty service. Roku settings says the signal is good but it is at most around 3. The IP company suggested getting another router, so that would mean spending more money which I was trying to avoid by cutting the cord.

Thanks again for the input.

Timewas

(2,190 posts)
5. 3???
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 12:36 PM
Oct 2019

What is your actual internet speed??If 3 Mpps that would explain it, you are usually lucky to get 80% of stated speed.. I have 60 Mpps but that can vary quite a bit depending on what web site you are connected to. There is more to the overall speed than just your router connection to provider...Lot of chances for interference tha is beyond our control..

Bradshaw3

(7,488 posts)
6. It's supposed to be 12 something overall
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 12:40 PM
Oct 2019

But that is divvied up between my laptop and the tv. I figured it might be as you said, where the number the IP company giving out is not what I'm actually getting. I also wonder since I live in an apartment building that could affect it too. I actually can get a decent picture with the 3 but am tired of having to keep fighting for it. Guess a new router is the best answer.

Thanks

Timewas

(2,190 posts)
7. Try
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 12:45 PM
Oct 2019
https://www.speedtest.net/

And see what it says about your speed, pretty accurate...really doubtful that the router is the problem but it is possible, get a router that can be returned for refund and try it..

Bradshaw3

(7,488 posts)
10. Thanks for the suggestion
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 02:05 PM
Oct 2019

I've used the speed test several times but I think your idea of a new router is a good one. Like you said if it isn't any better I can return it.

hunter

(38,303 posts)
8. We use a wired connection for Netflix on our main television.
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 01:11 PM
Oct 2019

Our DSL is fast enough for a single video stream, but not always two.

It works because our router has a setup selection that gives priority to a specific wired ethernet port. Wifi shares whatever bandwidth is left.

If we are watching Netflix on our main television and I try, for example, to open a full screen YouTube video on my wifi connected laptop, the Netflix video gets priority and isn't affected at all, but the YouTube Video might suffer. The default settings of most routers would share the limited bandwidth evenly and both video streams would suffer.

You might check the setup menu of your own router to see if you can do this.

Bradshaw3

(7,488 posts)
9. Thanks for the info
Fri Oct 4, 2019, 02:03 PM
Oct 2019

I went through the priority thing with a helpful IP guy and it did some good, but it's only my Roku and my laptop that are using bandwidth; I don't use my laptop when watching tv and it still has issues. He suggested a new router which I will probably have to do.

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