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post #1 of 7 Old 07-09-2013, 01:21 PM - Thread Starter
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Thought we should get some user experience on the wireless AC standard. What luck are people having streaming HD video between devices, I know it wasn't very do-able on 802.11n
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Thought we should get some user experience on the wireless AC standard. What luck are people having streaming HD video between devices, I know it wasn't very do-able on 802.11n

I was just using my at&t U-verse Wi-Fi. I could not stream a Blu-ray without stuttering. I purchased a Netgear R6300 and A6200. I can now stream Blu-ray ISOs from my desktop to my HTPC in the other room and from my HTPC to my desktop at the same time. 200+ mbit sec.
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Once your neighbors get "AC" as well, you will be in the same boat as "N"

Wired is the way to go for sustained reliability.

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Once your neighbors get "AC" as well, you will be in the same boat as "N"

Wired is the way to go for sustained reliability.

I am always the first one to say "just pull a damn cable and be done with it" but 5ghz is quite a bit better in crowded areas than 2.4, going dual band has always been the trick for apartments and condos. It doesn't propagate as much through barriers so you end up with less neighbors overlapping.

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I didn't realize there was a new standard. This could be great for people in apartments/condos that can't get a wired internet connection to other rooms without running one on the floor. Bedroom HTPC check!
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I would guess most peoples issues with Wireless N are that the router and device are on separate floors or have multiple walls between them. Apartments could potentially always have issues due to interference. With a clear signal N is perfectly capable of streaming Blu-rays. None of my HTPCs are currently wired and I haven't had any issues with playback. I wouldn't think AC would help with this at all since the penetration won't be as good as N. Clear signal multiple streams obviously AC will be a clear winner. N is definitely going to choke with multiple streams or other heavy local traffic. Another thought is that people who are upgrading to AC and finding a vast improvement to their streaming should also factor in that the AC devices available are typically going to be much higher quality devices than what they most likely upgraded from. Getting a top of the line N access point and card could provide you great improvement as well.

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Always had no problem with blu ray over N. Used a 4200v2 and powered network bridge. Ended up buying the AC66U for VPN support (merlin) but haven't bought an AC bridge yet. I refuse to buy the USB/PCI adapters, so I'm really waiting for Asus to update this nifty device to AC https://www.asus.com/Networking/EAN66/. The v2 will eventually be a remote WAP hung off the end of a network run to boost home wifi coverage. Also kind of "itching" to sell of Nexus 7 while resale value is still up in anticipation of a refresh coming that supports AC.
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