Tips for Roku wifi connection issues?
I'm thinking of turning off the surround sound in the bedroom or buying a set of powerline ethernet adaptors. Does anyone have experience with these types of products? I'm also thinking of trading in the Roku 2 and getting either another PS3 or Apple TV. How is Apple TV/PS3 at streaming at lower wifi connectivity?
- Ensure the transmit power is at 100%
- Set Mode to 300 Mbps
- Set a 2.4GHz network to channel 9
- Set a 5GHz network to channel 153
Second you could get a Wi-Fi Range Extender (a.k.a. wireless repeater) and place it on the middle floor or at least past one or two heavy walls. They cost from $40 to a little over $100. Be sure to read up on it carefully to make sure it is fully compatible with your Wi-Fi signal and security encryption choice.
Third option would be to replace the antenna on the router. Stock antennas throw the signal out in all directions. If you are close to an outside wall half your signal is going outside. Using a high-gain directional antenna would allow you to point all your power into the home.
Fourth is to give up on Wi-Fi and use the Ethernet port the Roku 2 XS has and run a line to the bedroom.
PS. The TV should not cause an issue, but other wireless devices may. Cordless phones, microwaves, baby monitors, garage doors, and other devices can interfeir with your signal. Maybe the person watching TV is sitting down with a cordless phone? If so you can buy a 5.8 GHz cordless phone that would not cause interference.
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My solution was to run ethernet though the stairwell to a Hawking HWREN1 wireless extender. With enough bandwidth to spare phones, tablets and the Roku all perform great. While probably not the solution for everyone, just moving the wireless extender close to the stairs with a directional antenna may provide the extra signal you need.
Here is the router I got.
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