How to improve the WIFI speed for SMART TV's that have built in WIFI's?
I recently purchased from Best Buy a Sony kdl70r550a 70" LED TV that's SMART TV and has built in WIFI.
It wasn't until a few days ago that I found out that SMART TV's built in WIFI's are known to suck and have issues with performance.
For example, I have AT&T Uverse with 18meg plan and around the house, I do speed tests, and generally get close to 17mb/sec on my laptops.
But I ran the speed test on the opera browser that's on the SONY TV via the website
and I tested it a few times and ONLY GOT 1.4mb/sec download and 1.1mb/sec upload generally. That's off of the TV, which has a dual core processor.
My relative bought from Fry's something called a WIFI booster that she referenced from this site:
and bought the 3rd one, in which we installed and tried out
I followed the instructions and got it up and running, but the performance of it was worse than without the booster.
With the Belkin Wifi booster, it came out to be just about the same or slightly worse and we placed the booster next to our laptop connected via ethernet that was getting 17.7 mb/sec. So since that didn't work, we even tried to do a direct Ethernet plug in with the booster to the TV ethernet port, but the performance did not change.
So we returned that item.
I'd like to see what you guys recommend. I really need to solve this problem with the internet speed from the built in WIFI of the TV. It's a big issue since we want to stream and browse off of it.
One of their specialists mentioned of getting a "power line Ethernet adapter". I don't know what that is or if it's any different than this WIFI booster that failed to work. I do know he quoted it costs $80 bucks though. It's an expensive addition to what seems to be a simple problem. No guarantees that it will work for me.