Join Date: Apr 2003
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A hardline ethernet is ALWAYS better than ANY WIFI. Not even debatable. Especially for streaming tv. There are some that argue, that because some WIFI can do 1300Mbps, and that's faster than 1gb ethernet, that the wifi would be better. 1st: You'll never get that full speed from wifi. 2nd: Streaming live tv like hulu tv, youtube tv, playstation vue, slingtv, etc. and even On-Demand services like hulu, netflix, prime, etc. don't need that much speed. 3rd: You can only go as fast as your slowest link. So, unless you have MORE than a 1GB internet connection, you'll never reach any bandwidth issues with ethernet. WIFI was not designed because it's great or better. It was designed 100% for convenience. And ONLY convenience. No other reason.
What affect streaming; especially LIVE TV (Not netflix, prime, etc. as much) is latency and jitter. Adding wifi increases latency and jitter. A hard line ethernet does not add any additional latency or jitter than you're already getting from your ISP. WIFI adds more. So ALWAYS go with an ethernet hardline whenever possible. Even with a single line and a 4 port switch or similar.
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