Streaming HD Video – Help with Routers

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  1. craige4u

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    I want to stream 720/1080P movies (Files around 10GB) frm my desktop to my TV and tablet via wifi.
    Now which of the below shortlisted routers can do so without any Lag or Freezes. I live in a 750 Sq ft. Apartment.

    Belkin: N600/N750 DB

    Linksys (Cisco): E3200/E4200

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    Linksys E-Series Product Specs

    Thanks.
     
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    Streaming HD video over WiFi is very unlikely to work without issues. Although Wireless N is theoretically fast enough for HD you need a very good signal with no interference from other networks in your area, or any other devices. Therefore very few people get it working well.

    Save yourself all the headaches and go for a wired solution or settle for SD streaming.

    Mark.
     
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    Consider the D-Link DIR-645. Reviews on this have been really good.....
     
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    I however do agree with MarkE19's point. Go wired whenever you can
     
  5. craige4u

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    I am looking for answers (plz suggest frm the selected models as these are the one's available in my country)
     
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    As far as I am aware the wireless bandwidth will only just support 720p streaming, so a few MB/s, maybe 5 max............

    1080p stuff you will have no chance really............so the tablet should be kept for 720p stuff..........
     
  7. MarkE19

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    If you currently have a wireless router and can't get reliable streaming with that one then buying another router is unlikely to fix the problem. Interference etc from other devices wont be cured with a new router.

    Mark.
     
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    You could look at power line converters, get a decent set of 300mb/s ones and you'll be sorted, I use a cheap unbranded set from eBuyer to go from my house to my garage so I can have an internet connection and to stream music when I'm working down there.

    I went for this option as it was too hard to try and lay a cable from the house to the garage plus I only have about a 10% WiFi signal coverage even with a Netgear RangeMax N access point which drops in and out badly and can barely stream an MP3 without jittering!

    When I first set up the power line plugs just for a test I streamed some 720p and 1080p content from 4-10gb in size and they played back without jumping/jittering so I was impressed although they will never be used for this.
     
  9. craige4u

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    Thx for all your replies,
    I have decide to go with the wired connection route, and bought a cheap N300 MBPS Router for surfing and stuff on my tablet.

    Anyways, i would still like to experiment on hows streaming goes on this router - So wht software you ppl suggest shall i be using for it...
     
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    you will need a media server program on your PC, windows has its own, but there are better ones out there like twonky and servio...........

    your TV will also need to be able to see those servers and access the files, otherwise a networked media player will be needed..........
     
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    Just another consideration; I'd move your media files off your PC onto a stand alone network drive. PC's can stream but are fiddly and don't like connecting with other devices very nicely. CODECS are an annoying pain particularly if you're going down the HD route i.e. mkv files etc.

    Shifting everything onto a network drive makes it a much easier proposition (IMHO) and frees up space on your PC.
     
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    agreed..............:D
     
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    Serviio is great. It can convert formats on the fly and stream to your TV so that your TV will play just about anything.

    If your TV does not have DLNA then you can still do it via a DVD player etc. as long as it has DLNA.
     

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