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bozack90
Level 7

Wired or Wireless, how do you connect?

Hello All,

So I currently have the following
2 x Roku 3
1 x Roku 4
1 x Roku Ultra
1 x Roku Gen 1 Stick

All with the exception of the stick are wired however after upgrading my AP I wonder if I am better served running over wireless or if wired is still preferred should the option be available?

Just curious as to how most connect and if there are any benefits to either wired or wireless?

Thanks

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atc98092
Level 16

Re: Wired or Wireless, how do you connect?

Unless you're 4K streaming media from a server on your home network, the wired connection is more than sufficient for any online streaming usage. Most online sites top out at no higher than 20 Mbps, and your wired connection is capable of almost 100 Mbps. Yes, wireless 802.11N or AC is capable of 300 Mbps or more, but nothing available online will came anywhere near that speed. But again, if you have UHD Blu Ray rips that you stream from a local server, then the wired connection can become a bottleneck. Of course, only your 4 and Ultra are capable of playing such a video. And the 4 doesn't support HDR, so it wouldn't look very good streaming virtually any UHD rip.  Smiley Very Happy
Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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bozack90
Level 7

Re: Wired or Wireless, how do you connect?

Thanks, I have always preferred the stability of the wired connection but didn't realize the Rokus were 10/100 until recently, I am not playing any 4K content locally yet but will keep this in mind should I start to and might experiment with wifi now that I have upgraded my system to an Orbi.
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bozack90
Level 7

Re: Wired or Wireless, how do you connect?

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bigtuna
Level 7

Re: Wired or Wireless, how do you connect?

I wouldn't even consider a wifi/wireless connection if a wired connection is available.

From my experience of working in  IT for a very long time, connecting and staying connected to wireless/wifi is a constant hassle, connection problems with a properly installed wired connection are few and fare between. I am pretty sure wifi is still half duplex while a wired connection is always full duplex.

WiFi is Half Duplex - A wired Ethernet network is full duplex, meaning a device can send and receive, or upload and download, simultaneously. WiFi is half duplex, so if a client is sending data to the AP, the AP can not also send data to the same or any other client at the same time.

At least it used to work this way..

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atc98092
Level 16

Re: Wired or Wireless, how do you connect?

I believe that 802.11AC is capable of full duplex. They use the term MIMO (multi-in, multi-out), and there's usually at least 3 antennas on the router. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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