Originally Posted by tolnep
i will say, that when it streamed the picture quality was great, at least by my standards. its the connectivity that drove me crazy. and im not the only one. google search picks up lots of folks with issues.
Krutsch, what network are you on? and what type of network? DSL, cable, FIOS, ATT UVERSE etc.
Lots of ATT UVERSE folks seem to have a problem like mine.
I have Comcast into my home, which has been good when it's not down (I've had more than my fair share of outages).
However, I solved all of these problems by running a wireless bridge to my home theater with an ethernet switch. It's a second Apple Airport Extreme running in bridge mode; when I connect my Apple TV 2, PS3 and Sony Blu-ray player, I just plug in the ether cord and I'm done; Zip Zop.
The Apple TV discussion forums are lit up with all kinds of wireless problems, so my belief is that none of these consumer electronics devices really implement a robust wireless client. My friend brought his Roku into the office to show me how cool it was and we could NOT initially get it to come up on the Wi-Fi network. I just handed him a cable and we plugged in... The End.
The other advantage to running a wireless bridge / ethernet switch is you can position the bridge where it gets the best wireless signal. My primary router is two floors up from the entertainment center, and streaming bandwidth from the WAP was always a problem. Not any more...
You have to remember that these boxes are all sitting in a cabinet, underneath a TV and probably have poor antennas - bad signal strength reduces bandwidth in an almost exponential manner.
Finally, the streaming providers are "bursty" when they send data - if you put a network monitor on while watching an HD movie from, say, Amazon, you will see data rates that vary from 2 - 10+ Mbps. You can't be constrained by your internal network that realistically tops out at roughly 65 Mbps (yes... even for 802.11 N, regardless of claims of 300 Mbps on the package).