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Anonymous
a b F Wireless
September 7, 2010 3:47:41 PM

Are there any wireless adapters out there that can provide a steady video stream?
September 7, 2010 5:33:14 PM

I haven't upgraded in years. I use Wireless G 54mbs. this streams normal HD movies fine (haven't tried Bluray yet)
I would think the newer adapters which are faster would out perform what I have.
If your having problems then it's most likely the web site has too many users and is slooooow
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Anonymous
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September 7, 2010 5:45:49 PM

I'm kind of surprised at your response. I've been reading that an ethernet connection is the best and , at least for many, the only way to go. I have had stuttering but I will check other feeds as you suggest. In the meantime, I'd like to hear other people's experience--you might just be very lucky.
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September 7, 2010 6:14:04 PM

Try a 2 week free trial of netflix, should do the trick.
Note:
Ethernet 10Mbs, 100Mbs, 1000Mbs
Wireless 11Mbs, 54Mbs, 108Mbs
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September 9, 2010 3:28:45 PM

A strong G connection will allow you to stream HD. That said, the quality of your wireless connection is entirely dependent on environmental factors in your location.

I watch Netflix movies in HD and access MPEG-2 HD on my NAS through my TiVo box, which is connected wirelessly to my network. I started with a G adapter and changed to an N adapter simply because someone gave me one and I noticed no improvement in performance for the simple fact that my G connection was robust enough to begin with. The access point sits directly below the TiVo box, one story down so it gets a solid connection. It's extremely rare that there are streaming issues and when there are, they are momentary.

If you go with N spec, you'll likely be in better shape with improved bandwidth and range. If you have any doubts as to range issues, go with N.

Is this for mobile purposes or a fixed set up? My kids watch Netflix and access the NAS through their laptops in the house. They know there are spots where they don't get a good connection and they simply avoid them. If you need seamless streaming you may need multiple access points if you live in a big house or an older house with plaster lathe that will interfere with the signal.

And yeah, of course ethernet is the best option from a reliability standpoint because it is not prone to the interference or range issues that wireless is. If you can do what you need to do with ethernet, go for it.
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