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Hi All:
I post this question here as I don't know where to post this question as it will touch the Wifi network, Kodi and the Amazon Stick TV. Please help if you can.

I have Verizon Fios, 100mbs Up and Down plan, and using their dual bands Gateway 1100 Router, which is not a bad router. I have no problem streaming 1080P movies to the Kodi player from my WD EX4100 NAS (25-30 Gig/movie) to the newest 3rd edition Amazon Fire Stick TV with 802.11AC WiFi. However, the Gateway router signal is not very strong down in my basement, so I decided to purchase an Asus RP-AC68U and run the Asus as Access Point (AP) using Cat6 cable running from the Gateway router. Everything works fine as far as Wifi and internet, the Asus has wonderful signal strength. However, my problem now is that the Kodi won't play my 1080P movies, keeps on buffering and hiccuping, when connect to the Asus AP Wireless network! It works fine when connected to the Gateway wifi network. Here is what I have tested:

Internet on the Asus: 110mbs upload/download so no problem with netflix or online streaming.
Files transfer: using my laptop with 802.11AC adapter, I'm able to get 45-55MBs (360mps-440mbs) transfer rate from and to my NAS, which is much faster than the Gateway at only 30-35MBs.
So the Asus is faster and signal strength is much stronger than the Gateway router, but why Kodi won't be able to stream movies, keep on buffering, to the Fire Stick, but the Gateway can? Again, I don't have any problem with signal or internet as everything is working fine with the Asus AP; it just when streaming movies from my NAS to the Fire Stick using Kodi that I have problem. Can someone help me explain why?
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Hi All:
I post this question here as I don't know where to post this question as it will touch the Wifi network, Kodi and the Amazon Stick TV. Please help if you can.

I have Verizon Fios, 100mbs Up and Down plan, and using their dual bands Gateway 1100 Router, which is not a bad router. I have no problem streaming 1080P movies to the Kodi player from my WD EX4100 NAS (25-30 Gig/movie) to the newest 3rd edition Amazon Fire Stick TV with 802.11AC WiFi. However, the Gateway router signal is not very strong down in my basement, so I decided to purchase an Asus RP-AC68U and run the Asus as Access Point (AP) using Cat6 cable running from the Gateway router. Everything works fine as far as Wifi and internet, the Asus has wonderful signal strength. However, my problem now is that the Kodi won't play my 1080P movies, keeps on buffering and hiccuping, when connect to the Asus AP Wireless network! It works fine when connected to the Gateway wifi network. Here is what I have tested:

Internet on the Asus: 110mbs upload/download so no problem with netflix or online streaming.
Files transfer: using my laptop with 802.11AC adapter, I'm able to get 45-55MBs (360mps-440mbs) transfer rate from and to my NAS, which is much faster than the Gateway at only 30-35MBs.
So the Asus is faster and signal strength is much stronger than the Gateway router, but why Kodi won't be able to stream movies, keep on buffering, to the Fire Stick, but the Gateway can? Again, I don't have any problem with signal or internet as everything is working fine with the Asus AP; it just when streaming movies from my NAS to the Fire Stick using Kodi that I have problem. Can someone help me explain why?
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BT
Is the Firestick definitely connected to the Asus and not remembering the original connection to the Gateway? Did you try streaming something from the NAS using your laptop connected to the Asus? Can you install a speed test on the Firestick to see what sort of speed you are getting from the internal wifi network?
 

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Is the Firestick definitely connected to the Asus and not remembering the original connection to the Gateway? Did you try streaming something from the NAS using your laptop connected to the Asus? Can you install a speed test on the Firestick to see what sort of speed you are getting from the internal wifi network?
I'm very sure the firestick is definitely connected to the Asus not the Gateway router as I have reset the Firestick and has it connected to the Asus, so the only wifi network it would connect to is the Asus. Very good suggestion, I only tried to move transfer files between my laptop and the NAS but didn't think about streaming movies using the laptop, will do that tonight. As for speed test, I only can find the speed test for internet, fast.com, and the speed is the correct 110 mbs.
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I'm very sure the firestick is definitely connected to the Asus not the Gateway router as I have reset the Firestick and has it connected to the Asus, so the only wifi network it would connect to is the Asus. Very good suggestion, I only tried to move transfer files between my laptop and the NAS but didn't think about streaming movies using the laptop, will do that tonight. As for speed test, I only can find the speed test for internet, fast.com, and the speed is the correct 110 mbs.
Thanks for the help,
BT
Hi.

Is QoS switched on, on both devices?

Also have you thought of using powerline adapters? Hardwired LAN though your mains sockets. :):cool:
 

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Hi.

Is QoS switched on, on both devices?

Also have you thought of using powerline adapters? Hardwired LAN though your mains sockets. :):cool:
I didn't check, but I doubt that the amazon stick has a setting for QoS! as far as hardwired, the Amazon Stick does not have Ethernet port, well you can buy an additional Ethernet adaptor but it's only fast ethernet (100mbs or 11 to 12MBs at most), which is way too slow for bluray streaming; 802.11AC wifi is much faster, when it works!
 

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I didn't check, but I doubt that the amazon stick has a setting for QoS! as far as hardwired, the Amazon Stick does not have Ethernet port, well you can buy an additional Ethernet adaptor but it's only fast ethernet (100mbs or 11 to 12MBs at most), which is way too slow for bluray streaming; 802.11AC wifi is much faster, when it works!
Sorry I meant your router and your extender. ;)

QoS is normally implemented at the router level and it then prioritises video and gaming traffic over other traffic. :)
Also a constant and reliable 100Mbps is preferable to a dodgy WiFi signal.

Don't most Blurays top out at around 48-50Mbps bitrate? :confused::)
 

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Why is your Gateway in the basement? Can you move your modem and router to a central location? I have my modem and Asus 1900p on the second floor living room of my three story townhouse. All four of my Roku's get good or excellent signal levels and stream all HD channels effortlessly.

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Why is your Gateway in the basement? Can you move your modem and router to a central location? I have my modem and Asus 1900p on the second floor living room of my three story townhouse. All four of my Roku's get good or excellent signal levels and stream all HD channels effortlessly.

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Verizon Fios does not come with a modem and router, it's their modem/router or nothing else! that connect via a coaxial. Anyway, the Gateway is in the 2nd floor study room, the basement is where I don't have wifi signal, what why i want to get an AP to get the signal down there.
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Sorry I meant your router and your extender. ;)

QoS is normally implemented at the router level and it then prioritises video and gaming traffic over other traffic. :)
Also a constant and reliable 100Mbps is preferable to a dodgy WiFi signal.

Don't most Blurays top out at around 48-50Mbps bitrate? :confused::)
OK, I checked the kodi from the laptop, as I suspect, has no problem with streaming from my NAS ridding the Asus wifi signal. So there must be something wrong with the setting in the Fire Stick, but that is not much setting there! or the Asus is not playing nice with the Fire Stick. I can't seem to find the QoS setting in the Asus RP-AC68U at all! The manual for this repeater is really useless!
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I have an older asus 1900 or 1700 ac router and both my win/apple laptops get my max speeds of 200+ mbs in all areas of my basement/1st floor home. never had an issue with my roku stick...but have had some issues with bluesound node 2...but I think thats bluesounds software issue. good luck figuring it out.
 

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I have an older asus 1900 or 1700 ac router and both my win/apple laptops get my max speeds of 200+ mbs in all areas of my basement/1st floor home. never had an issue with my roku stick...but have had some issues with bluesound node 2...but I think thats bluesounds software issue. good luck figuring it out.
There is must be something that is not playing nice between the Asus router and Android media player. I just took my Shield TV in my home theater room, which connect by gigabit Ethernet, and connected to wifi network. It behaved the same as the fire stick, worked fine with the Gateway router but buffering like crazy with the Asus wifi network. I gave up now as it's not worth my time, will return the Asus and try another router. Any suggestion? I need something that would give good signal coverage and most importantly reliable!
Thanks everyone for your help.
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I cant recommend anything other than what I own...but its older...maybe if you buy new be watchful for what return policy is so if you have troubles you can exchange.
 

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Verizon Fios does not come with a modem and router, it's their modem/router or nothing else! that connect via a coaxial. Anyway, the Gateway is in the 2nd floor study room, the basement is where I don't have wifi signal, what why i want to get an AP to get the signal down there.
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Not that its relevant to your issue but I also have FIOS and the WAN link can be supplied by ethernet cable or coax. If you opt for the ethernet connection you can use almost any off the shelf router instead of paying rental to FIOS
 
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I know my supplied comcast router was pos
 

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OK, I checked the kodi from the laptop, as I suspect, has no problem with streaming from my NAS ridding the Asus wifi signal. So there must be something wrong with the setting in the Fire Stick, but that is not much setting there! or the Asus is not playing nice with the Fire Stick. I can't seem to find the QoS setting in the Asus RP-AC68U at all! The manual for this repeater is really useless!
Thanks for the help.
BT
I believe that unless you have a heap of activity going on at the same time (simultaneous internet connections all demanding traffic) QoS is not going to make a difference. Just for testing purposes, do you have another wireless streaming device you can connect to the same HDMI port on the TV? Also, have you tried connecting the Fire Stick to a different HDMI port and power outlet just in case there is something strange going on?

Finally have you searched the relevant Amazon help forum for similar issues or called their support channel?
 

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OK, I checked the kodi from the laptop, as I suspect, has no problem with streaming from my NAS ridding the Asus wifi signal. So there must be something wrong with the setting in the Fire Stick, but that is not much setting there! or the Asus is not playing nice with the Fire Stick. I can't seem to find the QoS setting in the Asus RP-AC68U at all! The manual for this repeater is really useless!
Thanks for the help.
BT
Hey no problem. Sorry I couldn't assist more.
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Not that its relevant to your issue but I also have FIOS and the WAN link can be supplied by ethernet cable or coax. If you opt for the ethernet connection you can use almost any off the shelf router instead of paying rental to FIOS
HI Andy:
I have thought about that option, but read somewhere that if you have Fios TV bundle (I have), then you can't go with the Ethernet option as the TV box need Coax. Is that right? I don't hate the Gateway router, I think it's good and very reliable, I just wish that it has longer range. My friend, a gamer, has one of the new tri-bands router than I think you can connect to his router from miles away! OK that is a bit exaggeration with some true to it!
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HI Andy:
I have thought about that option, but read somewhere that if you have Fios TV bundle (I have), then you can't go with the Ethernet option as the TV box need Coax. Is that right? I don't hate the Gateway router, I think it's good and very reliable, I just wish that it has longer range. My friend, a gamer, has one of the new tri-bands router than I think you can connect to his router from miles away! OK that is a bit exaggeration with some true to it!
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You might well be right on that as I cut the cord several years ago so haven't required Coax. There is this thread over at Broadband Forums which indicates you can use a MOCA bridge in your instance with your own router http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r31725202-FIOS-Coming-back-to-FiOS-want-to-keep-MOCA-connection

Certainly worth checking with FIOS though. Of course you could still use your own router with Coax and the FIOS gateway - just need to put the FIOS gateway in Bridge mode, turn off wireless and let your own router do all the work (DHCP, wifi etc). Effectively the FIOS gateway becomes a MOCA bridge
 
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You might well be right on that as I cut the cord several years ago so haven't required Coax. There is this thread over at Broadband Forums which indicates you can use a MOCA bridge in your instance with your own router http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r31725202-FIOS-Coming-back-to-FiOS-want-to-keep-MOCA-connection

Certainly worth checking with FIOS though. Of course you could still use your own router with Coax and the FIOS gateway - just need to put the FIOS gateway in Bridge mode, turn off wireless and let your own router do all the work (DHCP, wifi etc). Effectively the FIOS gateway becomes a MOCA bridge
I was hopping to just turn off the wireless signal from the Gateway router and turn my own router to a Wireless Access point (WAP), let the Gateway doing all the DHCP. Anyway, I'm not a network IT, so I don't know what the different in these two methods, but seem like running WAP would caused the Fire TV and Shield TV Kodi not to work well. This might just be the problem with the Asus router.
 
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