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Title: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: HomeTheaterGuy on November 01, 2016, 11:23:56 AM
If you want to stream 4K content, you're going to need a fast internet connection.

Typical fixed broadband consumer in the U.S. saw average download speeds greater than 50 Mbps for the first time ever during the first six months of 2016.

What's your download speed?
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: Tom Bley on November 01, 2016, 11:43:44 AM
I'm getting about 30 mbps down.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: AVSMike on November 01, 2016, 12:14:46 PM
I'm getting about 30 mbps down.

That should be fast enough, if it does not drop down a lot at times. Mine varies from 26 to 30.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: Tom Bley on November 01, 2016, 12:35:52 PM
That should be fast enough, if it does not drop down a lot at times. Mine varies from 26 to 30.

Yeah, mine varies about that as well.  I test on speedtest.net, it's usually 28-29.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: AVSCraig on November 01, 2016, 01:02:35 PM
Yeah, mine varies about that as well.  I test on speedtest.net, it's usually 28-29.

Speedtest says mine is 22.31 Mbps.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: Tom Bley on November 01, 2016, 01:10:54 PM
Speedtest says mine is 22.31 Mbps.

I'm paying $66.95 a month from Concast!  I only have OTA and Netflix though.  They really sock it to you if you don't have the rest of their services  >:(.  I'd like it if internet was half the price for my speed.  It started at $35 but, that was only 6 months or a year for that promo.  :'(
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: danbez on November 01, 2016, 01:31:37 PM
I'm on 75Mbps with Comcast and stream 4K/HDR from Netflix/Amazon and play NVidia games with no issues at all.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: DLCPhoto on November 01, 2016, 01:52:19 PM
I recently called to renegotiate my bill and services with Time Warner Cable, and was able to get 200 down and 20 up, and saved a little bit over what they were charging me.  I have it hard-wired to my home theater gear, so that shouldn't be a limiting factor for 4k/hdr speeds.  I've used it with my new Roku Premiere+ and I haven't encountered any buffering.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: HomeTheaterGuy on November 01, 2016, 02:13:14 PM
I called Time Warner to complain about my 20 Mbps internet speed and they told me to upgrade my old router. I didn't believe this, so I ran a test by connecting our computer directly to our modem and got 70Mbps!  Well, I upgraded my router and I now get 70 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: Tom Bley on November 01, 2016, 02:33:21 PM
I called Time Warner to complain about my 20 Mbps internet speed and they told me to upgrade my old router. I didn't believe this, so I ran a test by connecting our computer directly to our modem and got 70Mbps!  Well, I upgraded my router and I now get 70 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload.

How old was your previous router?  What are you using now?
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: AVSCraig on November 01, 2016, 02:40:26 PM
i did the speed test wireless on my laptop, so maybe a direct connection to the modem would be faster. But, the modem is a long way from our home theater, so that would be a problem anyway.

I'm a hard disc media guy.  ;D
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: HomeTheaterGuy on November 01, 2016, 02:42:43 PM
My old router was easily 7-10 years old. I'm using a Linksys AC5400 now.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: ellisr63 on November 02, 2016, 11:01:29 AM
I am getting 230-260Mbps download via Lan, and did have the same on WIFI, until my Netgear Router crapped out.  Hopefully I can get back up to 260Mbps on WIFI again...currently I am at 130Mbps on WIFI.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: HomeTheaterGuy on November 02, 2016, 11:29:51 AM
I am getting 230-260Mbps download via Lan, and did have the same on WIFI, until my Netgear Router crapped out.  Hopefully I can get back up to 260Mbps on WIFI again...currently I am at 130Mbps on WIFI.

You've got terrific speed! Even at 130Mbps, that's great.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: Giomania on November 02, 2016, 12:03:29 PM
I called Time Warner to complain about my 20 Mbps internet speed and they told me to upgrade my old router. I didn't believe this, so I ran a test by connecting our computer directly to our modem and got 70Mbps!  Well, I upgraded my router and I now get 70 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload.

I had the same problem with my old router which had 20 Mbps maximum throughput.  Now that I know better, I will not make that mistake again.

To check your routers maximum throughput, which limits your fastest speed, check the reviews at WWW.smallnetbuilder.com because they test all kinds of routers and measure everything.

Mark
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: Tom Bley on November 02, 2016, 02:32:58 PM
I am getting 230-260Mbps download via Lan, and did have the same on WIFI, until my Netgear Router crapped out.  Hopefully I can get back up to 260Mbps on WIFI again...currently I am at 130Mbps on WIFI.

Holy cow!  If I may ask, how much are you paying for that kinda speed?
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: Bob Perry of Web Presence Consulting on November 02, 2016, 05:48:09 PM
I'm on 75Mbps with Comcast and stream 4K/HDR from Netflix/Amazon and play NVidia games with no issues at all.

I don't remember exactly how fast my Comcast connection is, but I would not give it up for anything Direct TV has to offer, I do a lot of audio/video streaming and like the flexibility of having the computer acting as an alternative media entertainment/business center with little performance glitches so i justify the higher price...
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: ellisr63 on November 04, 2016, 10:39:42 AM
You've got terrific speed! Even at 130Mbps, that's great.

The best thing is with the new speed is that I also cut my bill in half while staying with the same provider! Net bill is less than $40 a month with me supplying the modem.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: cjake on November 05, 2016, 09:19:07 AM
I had issues streaming Netflix and Amazon in 4K even when I was getting 40 Megabit down through Mediacom Cable.   I upgraded to 100 Megabit service where I get 85-90 actual.  No more buffering, ever.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: richlife69 on December 02, 2016, 11:44:17 AM
You guys make me puke!   >:(  Well, not you in particular -- just your speeds.  My DSL is 2.5mbs down (at best!).  My wireless internet is up to 20mbs down and has been extremely reliable for over a year -- but my cap is 10GB/mon or pay through the nose.   :'(
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: ellisr63 on December 02, 2016, 01:43:00 PM
You guys make me puke!   >:(  Well, not you in particular -- just your speeds.  My DSL is 2.5mbs down (at best!).  My wireless internet is up to 20mbs down and has been extremely reliable for over a year -- but my cap is 10GB/mon or pay through the nose.   :'(
Where are you located? My parents are in Missouri, and they have horrible speeds too, but they just use it for FB so they are happy with it.
Title: Re: Download speeds and streaming
Post by: richlife69 on December 03, 2016, 12:16:22 PM
My location is the really sad part.  I'm just outside a major high tech center -- used to commute 30 minutes to RTP (Research Triangle Park) in central NC.  Our issue in this county is the lack of provider and a NC law that prohibits local communities from establishing their own broadband infrastructure in order to feed the few existing providers.  So in Chatham County, outside the major towns (none would qualify as cities), the only providers are TW and Centurylink.  TW refuses to serve my small community due to minimal population density, and Centurylink (which claims to provide 10mbs) provides the poor DSL. 

As it is, I went around Centurylink instead of using their "claimed" wireless service (they are a middleman for Verizon).  But many others (about 25% of the county) can't afford even the $60/mon base wireless let alone risk overages.  I understand that my situation is at an extreme (farther up my road, the DSL improves to 3mbs -- would you believe most of them still complain...   :P  In today's world even the high speed 10mbs is completely inadequate.  The supposed min norm according to the FCC is 25mbs.  Now that IS a joke!!!