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Decent, yet inexpensive, streaming device?

13 10 September 5, 2020 at 03:57 AM
I was using a Roku Express (1080p quality) and it would be constantly buffering every 5-10 minutes. Worse yet, the sound would continue while the picture stop, so when the Roku stops buffering, the sound and picture would mismatch. I would then have to exit the movie and reload it for the picture and sound to match again.

This is despite the Roku Express being ~6 ft from NETGEAR Nighthawk.

I then purchased a Roku Ultra and it works without buffering, but did I really have to spend $80 just to be able to stream without buffering?

What are some decent, yet inexpensive, alternatives?

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Quote from NotMickyMouse
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I was using a Roku Express (1080p quality) and it would be constantly buffering every 5-10 minutes. Worse yet, the sound would continue while the picture stop, so when the Roku stops buffering, the sound and picture would mismatch. I would then have to exit the movie and reload it for the picture and sound to match again.

This is despite the Roku Express being ~6 ft from NETGEAR Nighthawk.

I then purchased a Roku Ultra and it works without buffering, but did I really have to spend $80 just to be able to stream without buffering?

What are some decent, yet inexpensive, alternatives?
Did your Roku Express 'always' have that problem? Did you reset it and make sure it has the latest firmware? I would suspect your ISP speed to be the problem but with it being only 6 feet away from your router, I just dont know.

Did you hardwire the new device?

These Roku sticks are pretty good.
https://www.amazon.com/Roku-Strea...B075XLWML4

If you like the Roku interface and ease of use, I think you will be disappointed by any Amazon streaming stick. So I dont recommend them at any price.

Good Luck.
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Did your Roku Express 'always' have that problem? Did you reset it and make sure it has the latest firmware? I would suspect your ISP speed to be the problem but with it being only 6 feet away from your router, I just dont know.

Did you hardwire the new device?

These Roku sticks are pretty good.
https://www.amazon.com/Roku-Strea...B075XLWML4 [amazon.com]

If you like the Roku interface and ease of use, I think you will be disappointed by any Amazon streaming stick. So I dont recommend them at any price.

Good Luck.
I would say, no. This seems more like a recent problem. It (Roku Express) also randomly crashes a lot that requires unplugging. I have reset it and check for the latest firmware.

The new device (Roku Ultra) doesn't seem to have any issue. I also have it connected wirelessly.
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