Originally Posted by fhcraig
No unfortunately I was so turned off by the Amazon UI stuff with the Fire tabs that I didn't give them a thorough "shake down"! I'm sure you don't want to test drive and return yet another tablet solution
, but Amazon does make it super easy ...
I may end up giving it a try. I have had some issues with my Zenpad 10 unfortunately, related to Wifi.
Sometimes, it just finds only 1 or 2 of the 20 Chromecast devices (actually 15 CCA , 1 CCU, 4 groups of CCA). And of course it's never the one I want to cast to.
If I disconnect and reconnect Wifi inside the house, it sometimes solves it, but sometimes not.
I had a terrible experience with it in my outdoor hot tub today with this. After I turned off Wifi, it wouldn't reconnect to the AP when I turned it back on.
I then rebooted it, and it automatically reconnected to Wifi, and then Google home saw all the CCA and I was able to begin streaming with Tidal.
I was getting a suntan, and the screen, even at max brightness, is extremely dim. I was able to change the Asus wallpaper to a brighter one to make it at least a little bit readable. But the Tidal app UI has a black background, and was hopeless. I had to wait for some clouds to do anything with it at all. The cast icon is very small and invisible when sun shines on the dim display on black background inside of a waterproof case. This is an issue with Tidal and all tablets in the sun, but especially this one. With my Note 8, the screen is brighter and more manageable, though icons are even smaller.
But at least the Note 8 has Wifi AC and never needs rebooting to see all the CCA.
After an hour in the hot tub, I got out with the tablet. Tidal could no longer see any CCA again. Turned off Wifi again, and then couldn't reconnect back to Wifi.
I rebooted the tablet one more time - then it got back on Wifi and saw all the CCAs. I started streaming on the "Master bathtub" CCA while taking a shower. But the sound on the outside zone (Hot tub) kept playing too, and both could be heard together through the wall. I finally ended up going to the Google Home able and was able to stop streaming on the Hot tub zone. This is unfortunately still quite flaky.
I think the Wifi in this tablet is still problematic. In my spot in the hot tub, the tablet was probably about 40ft from the nearest Orbi AP. When I got back indoors, maybe 20-25ft, and with just one wall in between the master bathroom and master closet where that Orbi AP satellite is. It's really strange that the tablet couldn't reconnect to it at that distance and with so little in between.
There is definitely something wrong with both the CCA discovery and Wifi stability on my Zenpad 10. Not sure how to fix it
Maybe it would work better if I turned off my 2 Orbi satellite APs, but then I wouldn't have any Wifi signal reaching my hot tub at all anymore - the main router would be >130ft away with many walls in between. Basically the distance between the hot tub and the main router is the longer possible distance between 2 points in my home.
And the master bathroom is nearby and far too.
Once I set a complex passphrase on my Zenpad 10 (I'm a security person after all!), rebooting it frequently just to get CCA working will no longer be an acceptable solution. I think I won't be able to see the virtual keyboard in the sun to type on, but that depends on the color scheme Asus chose for boot time. Not sure what it is but if it's on a black background, I'm screwed.
This may be partly a problem with the Wifi N support on the Netgear Orbi, but clearly it has something to do with the Zenpad too since a tablet reboot fixes things systematically every time. Most of our other Wifi devices (3 laptops, 2 smartphones) use wireless AC. The only ones that still use Wifi N are 2 Juicebox EV charging stations, and my new Panasonic DMC-GX85 MILC camera. None of the other N devices have problems, but the Juiceboxes are stationary in the garage. I have not tried the GX85 in any other area than my home office, 12ft from the main AP. It didn't have any problem transferring files over Wifi onto the wired desktop PCs. Though popping the SD card out is much faster than Wifi N. 4K videos shot in 100 Mbit rate download at about 0.25x on Wifi N with it. Vs about 8x with the SD card.
It could be that the Ethernet/Wifi MAC bridging support in the Orbi is broken on Wifi N, but works OK on Wifi AC. That would explain why the smartphones that are on Wifi AC see the CCAs. Since the Amazon tablet claims to have Wifi AC support, it may work better. That's assuming it can cast device audio at all ... Display is IPS and likely similarly dim.