Originally Posted by Keenan
This is what I was referring to over in the AFTV4K thread. Sometimes it recovers and starts playing the next episode but sometimes it doesn't and I usually have to bring up the main Roku menu before re-entering the streaming app(Prime Video).
Hmm. Amazon Prime is stable for me on Roku, even with framerate auto switching.
Is your network connection to streamers WiFi or wired ethernet? I don't know your network connections but I'll just add my thoughts here since many seem to be cutting the cord and having issues with traditional internet networks.
I was at my aunt's house Thanksgiving and nearly talked her into a streamer though she wanted to use the streamer I'm her new LG OLED TV. She has Comcast for internet and measured WiFi speeds of 85 Mbps. Should be sufficient, given the short distance but she couldn't get Amazon Prime to stream; long load time and rebuffering to failure. Unwatchable. The TV setup her network with Comcast DNS (18.104.22.168)! That was not working and I don't think it will considering the source. I tried cloudflare (22.214.171.124). That worked but I saw the resolution constantly changing (adaptive streaming for slow connection). I changed it to 8.8.4 4 (Google DNS, also 126.96.36.199 is an option) and it was much improved, quickly reaching 4K and HDR resolutions and holding them without rebuffering or dropping resolution. She had her preferred apps and would prefer to forego another box so she's giving that a try before buying.
Note: I thought I had seen in the Netflix check network tab that it was already using Google DNS before I messed with the TV network settings but I'm not positive on that. Just a thought if Netflix seems to work better than Amazon Prime streaming.
I use cloudflare DNS IPv4 and IPv6 in my home router and point streamers to my router for DNS. But last night I tried Google DNS in my ATV4K and the resolution changes were quicker with Google compared to cloudflare DNS. Anyone notice there may be resolution transitions in CBS NFL bonus condensed replays or NFL GamePass? I saw improvement to the point I find I may subscribe to NFLGP instead of NFLST next year since I usually want to catch-up on condensed games without seeing the spoilers (score) before starting a condensed replay. Anyway, Google DNS seems quicker. This might be something for others to try.
I didn't have Ethernet throughout the home so I added a moCa 2.0 gigabit switch with Ethernet over coax adapters (also gigabit). Over the years, providers have bypassed my coax for multiple provider reasons so I had plenty to use with satellite TV (DirecTV) but moCa 2.0 can coexist on same coaxial cable network as cable TV or even just cable internet like I'm currently connected with redundant coaxial cable lines. (I have to have separate coaxial networks until I get rid of satellite TV.)
These adapters effectively use my in wall runs of coax as ethernet. Though many may say WiFi is fast enough, wired offers less interference and full duplex communication. WiFi is limited by distance, obstacles, interference and half duplex communication, effectively cutting connection in half or more. Mesh routers may eliminate some of those limitations but they are still limited by those and layer complexity and added WiFi devices may just show things down more.
Others may also recommend powerline adapters, I don't believe anything beats wired gigabit Ethernet reliability or speed; even cable distance or multiple gigabit switches or moCa 2.0 adapters won't slow gigabit Ethernet (I can't measure the difference these add in my network). I tried powerline and it didn't prove anymore reliable or faster than WiFi. Junk adapters didn't last a year; expensive waste of time and resources, IMO.
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