I have the Roku stick + with an excellent signal strength connection to an AC enabled router (clear line of sight about 20 feet away).
My plex media server (laptop with external hard drive) is wired directly into this router.
It won't play high bit rate files (12mbps) without pausing to buffer all the time.
If I do a LAN speed test to the hard drive where the files are stored from a different wireless device (where I can run an objective speed test) I'm reading from the drive at 37Mbps. How can this not be enough to stream to the Roku?
Thanks for the lengthy reply
It’s not a throughput issue. It was simply a matter of turning on ‘force direct’ on the Plex app on the stick or it would just transcode everything, even if it didn’t need it and the laptop the media server is running on wasn’t up to transcoding on the fly