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I want a simple streamer to play videos from my computer. I want a player with excellent wi-fi capabilities, as i cannot lay a network wire from my computer to my room.

I own a popcorn hour and it's performance over wi-fi is abysmal. Would appreciate any help.

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I want a simple streamer to play videos from my computer. I want a player with excellent wi-fi capabilities, as i cannot lay a network wire from my computer to my room.
I own a popcorn hour and it's performance over wi-fi is abysmal. Would appreciate any help.
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For high bitrate HD video any streamer will be terrible over wifi. It's not the streamer, it's the wifi.

If you simply can not do wired then you have 3 other options:

1) 500mb powerline ethernet- if the house/apartment has good electrical wiring you'll get speeds comparable to wired 100mb ethernet, plenty fast. This is what I personally use with my Dune and everything streams flawlessly.

2) MOCA (coax ethernet basically) which will also be "fast enough" with decent wiring

3) Wait.. 802.11AC devices will be coming out soon and should finally be fast enough to let you stream this content over wifi.
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I shall be only streaming normal standard definition stuff i.e. tv serials etc.

So what is my best option amongst the current generation.
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I shall be only streaming normal standard definition stuff i.e. tv serials etc.
So what is my best option amongst the current generation.

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I would still not bet on 802.11AC being good enough for 1080p video all wireless solutions suffer the same problem and its not the speed, its that no packet takes the same amount of time to travel to and from the streamer, They will take a different path or bounce around a few walls and this in turn gives the small cpu of a streamer a hard time of piecing everything together when to request a packet again and so fourth. Not to mention that 5GHz range really kills the distance you can be between the source and destination both N and AC only function well with with multiple paths add in 3 walls and a couple turns and it functions worse then 2.4GHz source.

Good analogy is remember old school cordless phones in the 900mhz range you could walk out your house around the block and never drop a call, on newer 2.4 and 5.8 models you are lucky if you make it to the end of your driveway before it drops the call
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i am in pakistan and get my things in USA so don't have the liberty to test things.
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i am in pakistan and get my things in USA so don't have the liberty to test things.

Well from my experience, I used wireless with my parent's WDTV2 that I bought for them last Xmas, and it worked fine with SD media only. Any BD with high bitrate movie would not play at all. It would lag every 10 seconds even if I tried to buffer for any amount of time. It also stream HDX movies from Vudu without any issues, which have higher quality than Netflix movies.

At my house the only thing that use wireless are my wife's laptop and the cellphones. Everything else is hardwired. Oh, sometimes we use the printers wifi.

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