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Buffering issues with Fire TV Stick

19 22 January 13, 2017 at 06:05 PM
I have AT&T internet service and it regularly tests at 18 to 20 megabit and I am paying for 18 meg service. I could select a higher plan but this speed seems high enough for us to watch one or two streams of 1080 video content at a time.

I am watching Directv Now, HBO Go, Netflix and Hulu on a first generation Fire TV Stick and all of them buffer at times even with nothing else running on the internet at the same time. It gets about half way through an hour episode and then picture starts getting jittery. If I pause for a minute and then start it; things usually correct.

Is the issue likely my streaming stick, internet speed or the servers that I am connecting to in the busy evening hours?

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You internet speeds are on the low end. You wifi could be a limiting factor.
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first gen isn't dualband, ping router when streaming to see congestion, >1000ms is very bad.

what router? wifi settings?
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I would like to recommend that you follow these instructions on youtube. [youtube.com] These instructions have helped our situation here.

I have found that with our AT&T DSL we can't use the KODI media player on our Firestick for internet videos if ANYTHING else is downloading from the internet. I'm talking about any PC or other device that might be downloading updates or another user viewing videos in another room. The time of day also seems to be a factor.

Sometimes I wish that we didn't switch from Comcast to AT&T but the cost is lower so, err yea.

Also if you are not running KODI Jarvis I highly recommend that you upgrade ASAP.
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I think the wifi antenna on the AFTV is bad. I used to have the exact AT&T service you have and I was able to stream the same channels on my BD player but on the AFTV, it would constantly buffer.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I might have to buy a new Fire Stick and up my internet speed. I will probably switch to Charter from AT&T for internet as they don't have caps and slightly lower price for the higher speeds.
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If you're using whatever at&t provided for a gateway (modem & router), consider adding a better wifi router as an access point. The DSL gateway's usually have relatively crappy wifi.
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Try to see if you can get your router closer using a longer cat 5 cable between the modem and router just for a test to see if it your distance. You can also check the wifi networks around you using an app on your phone and see if there is a channel that is not as crowded.
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I have a first gen Fire stick and got a second gen. Much less buffering with the new one.
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