How to Improve your Wi-Fi for Streaming TV
Picture yourself trying to show a friend a hilarious video you saw the other day, but it keeps buffering. Each time the video pauses, you lose the funny mood. Or, imagine that you are relying on a how-to video to gather information for a time-sensitive project, like an immediate house repair, but the video stops again and again to load.
We’ve all been frustrated by experiences like these. What can you do?
What Causes Video Streaming Delays
First, let’s take a look at what causes buffering, or streaming video delays. Typically a slow or unreliable Wi-Fi network in the home is the culprit.
You may have purchased a good Internet service that offers the recommended minimum speed of 25-30 Mbps for video streaming. However, interference to your Wi-Fi signal or dead zones in your home are not allowing that strong stream to get through consistently to your set top box, Roku, AppleTV or other media device.
Wired Home Networks are Reliable
Using a wired connection instead of traditional Wi-Fi alone will vastly improve the quality of your video streaming. Wired home networking solutions like MoCA not only offer a much faster throughput than WiFi alone, but the signal is much more reliable.
Of course, most people prefer not to drill holes in the walls and run Ethernet in order to get this higher quality video. The good news is you don’t have to.
MoCA uses the existing coaxial wiring in your home to create a superfast home network. In fact it can improve your network speeds by up to 300% over standard Mesh WiFi. No drilling, no running wires…it’s easy to install. You simply connect a MoCA Network Adapter to your router and another to your Roku, AppleTV or other media player to get a more reliable and super high-speed network connection.
How Does MoCA Work?
MoCA Adapters come in pairs that “talk to” each other through the coaxial wiring in your home. Together they create a superfast, reliable Internet network. Simply connect one MoCA Adapter to your modem/router and another to your media player near a coaxial port. If your modem/router is already “MoCA enabled,” you only need a single MoCA Adapter at the other end.
If your media player is not close enough to a coaxial port, a MoCA Network Extender is an excellent option. With a Network Extender, you basically get a hybrid wired/Wi-Fi solution. You still connect a MoCA Adapter to your modem/router. Then you connect a MoCA Network Extender to a coaxial port further into your home, closer to your media player. Most of the home network is then wired, which makes it much faster and less subject to interference. The Network Extender then sends out a Wi-Fi signal from there to your media player as well as to other devices in the home.