Originally Posted by DougRamsen
I wonder if it has to do with your processing speed or only with the internet connection.
A slow processor or a poor WiFi connection can give a lower measured download rate.
For example, my previous computer, an old XP system (purchased before XP had its first service pack) would max out at about 10Mbps, but the Roku would often report 15Mbps to 20Mbps. When I purchased my current PC, speedtest.net
would report about 25Mbps for the same cable modem and router, while the Roku still reported 15Mbps to 20Mbps.
Recently Comcast had me replace their modem and my router with their "gateway" (combination DOCSIS 3.0 modem / WiFi router) and they have increased my speed twice to where now I often get 120Mbps download rate on the current PC as reported by speedtest.net
, but the Speedtest.net channel on that same first-generation Roku is reporting downloads in the 15Mbps to 35Mbps range (which apparently means the Roku can handle data better now that my Internet speed is much faster, but still not as well as my current PC).
All these tests are with the PC and the Roku "hard wired" (Ethernet) to the router, so the speed of the computer or Roku accounts for the variance in reported download speeds, not the speed of or interference to the wireless connection.