Reception from rounter to playing netflix is slow
Netflix is actually a very demanding application. Depending on the quality of the title, the application may need up to 5 megabits in bursts with 3.2 megabits sustained to get the best quality picture, or at least those are the sustained speeds I see when I run Netflix from my PS/3 using my Wi-Fi connected to DSL as a source. (Add 128K for audio).
When Netflix starts playing a movie, it tests the server to playing system speed and selects a download speed based on the available bandwidth. It then uses the bandwidth to play the movie.
If the connection seems unable to sustain that during the playback, Netflix will tell its server to send a slower version of the movie. The first stepback I've seen seems to be about one megabit. I've occasionally stepped down to one megabit, and I usually stop the movie and resume play to get the better video (since I can see the difference) so I've never had Netflix further step down.
But the router to computer speed should not be a problem. The slowest "max" speed is the 10 megabit ethernet, with G being up to 54 megabits and N being much much faster than that. 5 Megabits?
Except that when you mix modes (use N, B, and G on the same connection), the speed goes down, and when you do not have a good signal, you can get a mode that goes down to 2 megabits.
Do you have a good signal? Like 75% or better (3 of 4 bars)?
Try reorienting the router until you do - or reorient the receiving device, or see if you can us a higher gain antenna.
Make sure your router is the only device on the channel. Lots of people use channel 1 - and this means that routers take turns. Most routers can "survey" and will tell you what SSIDs are associated with which channels. Try to switch to a channel that is both unused and separated from other channels by a couple numbers. You will have to use the 2.4 gig band unless all of your devices are N and you have no B/G devices.
What is your rated speed, that is, what speed channel does your ISP sell you? Is it a 10 megabit, 5 megabit, 2 megabit, 1 megabit? The slowest speed that the local DSL provider will sell you is 512k down, 128k up - and that won't work for Netflix highest quality (they sell that to people who are up to 25 kilofeet from their central office or multiplexor pedistal) but then they don't get great quality.
Try a speed test site. If you can't find sites that deliver you 300k byte download speeds, you will probably fail to get good quality streams from Netflix. And if your rated speed is close to your measured and used speed, then Netflix may get pushed aside by marginal traffic that is considered higher priority, like VOIP, or another download, or websurfing that happens at the same time as the Netflix playback.
Good luck, hope this helps..
Again, you need a strong signal on a channel that is not being shared for the best transfer speeds.
Jan 11, 2010 |
Linksys WRT160N Wireless Router