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How to Optimize Video Streams to Be Worthy of Your HDTV

How to Optimize Video Streams to Be Worthy of Your HDTV

Advantages of Optimising Video Streaming

One simple step is all that stands between you and potentially minimising annoying occasional broadband issues.

When you consider that so many devices in your home connect to one platform for video streaming, there is little enjoyment in watching substandard videos with enormous pixels that are further ruined by buffering.

Creating this possibility in a home theatre system can be quite straightforward – it can be as uncomplicated as planning and configuring a router.

For the best, genuine high-definition experience, hardwiring rather than connection to only a Wi-Fi network is recommended. This is due to the large number of devices now all vying for a slice of the Wi-Fi network, there in reducing the quality of output.

For the ultimate, highest quality stream possible, a Cat 6 (or at the least, a Cat 5) Ethernet cable should ideally be run to the streamer. Most routers have gigabit LAN ports, which are much faster than the standard Internet connection. However, the most rapid speed possible is recommended on the home network if streaming from iTunes or a media centre.

In the case that the above is not practical and Wi-Fi is the only option, investment in a simultaneous dual-band (5GHz and 2.4GHz bands) router is advantageous. In order to have the maximum data possible pushed to the television or other technology streamed from the Internet, all streamers should use the 5Ghz network, (which is faster) and the 2.4GHz network should be used for everything else.

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/05/optimize-video-stream/