Originally Posted by tbraden32
Just curious of people who have built this simple htpc...do you hard wire or wifi your Internet connections?
How much difference would or can you see when trying to stream content or download torrents?
I am running mine wireless but had to make some consessions.
I purchased this very sensitive usb wi-fi adaptor from Newegg for $20 it is a Realtek device so it pretty much plays nice the other Realtek devices built on the Gigabyte mobo. I also added a 6foot USB extension so I could mount it higher up on the back wall with some velcro.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-003-_-Product
I was seeing 4 of the neighbors wi-fi routers but this new adapter shows 14!
So my signal sits right at 95% to 100% consistently.
My HD signals are coming from the antenna mounted in the attic and passed to the SiliconDust HDHomerun dual tuner and is pretty much rock solid with two exceptions.
1. If we try to watch an HD channel and at the same time try to record an HD channel, then we do have stuttering both live and in the recording. I guess it is just too much bandwidth for the wi-fi to handle.
2. The microwave in the kitchen (right next to the family room) completely freezes the picture until it stops cooking then it can take up to 2 or three minutes for the picture to settle back down again.
Here is how I resolved #1:
I set my office computer (which is directly connected to the router) to perform the timed recording of shows and the HTPC is only for watching live shows. Then I copy the recorded shows to the HTPC for later viewing.
The resolution for #2 was a bit more difficult and although not completely healed, it is now tolerable. Microwaves operate at around 2.4GHz which is also used by parts of wi-fi. The channels from 7 to 11 are particularly susceptible. I also noted the neighborhood wi-fi channels in use, especially the ones showing a greater than 50% signal (which there were four) and picked a much less busy channel for my router and the USB wi-fi, channel 3. So, instead of the router automatically picking one we are now locked in. This didn't totally cure it but the picture is at least now viewable with some minor pixelation but there are no audio dropouts and zero picture freezing.
Later, I will have to revisit how to get an ethernet cable over to that TV or perhaps one of those ethernet over the A/C wiring thingys might work? Hmmmmm.
Note: my AT&T U-verse wi-fi router only supports 802.11 b/g if you have the n protocol you may be golden.