Ethernet connection - what works

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  1. DBS1961

    DBS1961 New Member

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    I know this is discussed a bit under the USB C thread but as far as using a hardwired ethernet connection to the TS4K I found the following worked for me:

    UGREEN Ethernet Adapter for Fire TV Stick 4K, All New Fire TV 2017, Chromecast, Google Home Mini and more Streaming Sticks, Micro USB to RJ45 Ethernet Network Adapter with USB Power Supply Cable 3.3ft from Amazon.

    Apparently some have had similar success with the Chromecast adapter but that seems to be an older chipset from the one that is currently sold by Google. That newest one from Google did NOT work for me and I tried all the suggested tricks.

    The UGREEN adapter worked instantly on reboot and showed the ethernet connection. I am not sure what the TS4K prioritizes but it looks like ethernet over wireless. I turned off the wireless just to be sure. Now it just remains to be seen if I get the stability I am looking for on a wired vs wireless connection! So far so good as I was having a lot of buffering issues which required reboots in the past especially with HBO Max as well as Sling. Those appear to be resolved as of now.

    BTW this is not a USB C connection, it is run into the micro USB power connection on the TS4K. It seemed like trying to obtain a USB C ethernet connection requires more parts and I wasn't into it lol. Even though I am running off 1 gig fiber the 10/100 speed is in my belief plenty to run whatever programming I toss at it.
     
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  3. DBS1961

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    That's killer that it works! So it's USB C straight into the side port on the TS4k? Do you know what speeds you are getting? On 1 gig fiber with the UGREEN dongle I am getting pretty close to 100/100. This was great solution btw, no more dropped connections on any of the streaming services including HBO Max and Peacock. I have read that dropped connections and buffering have been issues with the wi-fi and of course I was having the same problems where the TS4K would disconnect although the rest of my devices would stay connected via wi-fi including the Roku TV it's plugged into. I'm only about 25 feet at most from my router too. This would require me to unplug the TS4K to reboot to reconnect. That sucked and was frustrating. At any rate, all of that seems to be gone now!

     
  4. JimT48

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    I have AT&T 1gig fiber service. I downloaded the app "Internet Speed Test-FiberTest for Android Smart TV" and ran it. It says I'm getting 265 Mbps Upload and 322 Mbps Download. It was inexpensive and all I did was plug it in. It automatically sensed eithernet and I never looked back.
     
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    From what I'm guessing (and I don't know your setup), it might also depend on which WiFi network you were connected to. From what I'm gathering, if it was a 2.4 GHz network, I wouldn't be surprised if there were problems, but it seems like if a 5GHz connection can be established, then that's the way to go. I'll have to jump into the technical specs of everything and figure it out, because I'd like to be able to have a more detailed answer, if in fact, 5GHz is the answer.
     
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  6. Dan203

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    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

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    Where are you folks getting these crazy upload speeds? I had Cox for 10 years and now Xfinity for 3. Packages are always some huge number download and 3 or 5 upload.
     
  8. DBS1961

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    AT&T 1gig fiber, blows Cox out of the water and NO data caps!!!

     
  9. osu1991

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    Because cable uploads are limited over coax in the hybrid fiber coax plants compared to fiber to the home.

    Cox has even been reducing their normal max 30-35Mbps uploads down to 10 and even 5 now trying to keep their systems running with everyone on them all day long now.
     
  10. MrDell

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    Here in Rhode Island Verizon Fios basic internet package is 80 upload and 80 download. They have always had matching up and down speeds with no data caps. We are fortunate to have Cox as an alternate provider... Competition tends to keep prices in check and service good!
     
  11. monkeydust

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    I bought 2 of those. One worked and the other didn't. I RMA'd the one and now have 2 working ones (I have 3 Stream 4ks).
     
  12. Dan203

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    I wonder if there are two versions with different chipsets? I plugged it into a PC and verified that it physically worked, so it's not broken. It just didn’t work with the TiVo Stream 4K
     
  13. monkeydust

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    Well, I took my one that don’t work on my Samsung TV/Stream and tried it in my LG TV/Stream and it didn’t work there either. Both of mine now, after the RMA, work on either.
     
  14. xberk

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    Just installed the Techkey Ethernet adapter mentioned above. Worked perfectly by just plugging in the Ethernet cable (RJ45) and plugging the other end into the USB-C port on the TS4K. Nothing else to do. The TS4k recognizes the Ethernet automatically.

    The extra speed and stability of the Ethernet connection makes the TS4K work better than via wireless (Daaahhhhhh) .. I'm most interested in playing my own media off a portable USB harddrive attached to my PC in another room. Now with the Ethernet connection that works best yet.
     
  15. fattymcbuckles

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    Just ordered one. Hope this works great
     
  16. xberk

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    Still working great for me .. no problems. I have not installed an app to check the speed I'm getting on the Ethernet. Anyone recommend one? Just curious about the speed.
     
  17. blackngold75

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    +1 for the UGREEN. Bought one and it works great. Another in my shopping cart for my second TS4K.
     
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  19. Yudoka

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    I bought the Ugreen adapter and it's been working well. I get consistent 20 mb or so via one of those outlet boxes that uses your home wiring as "ethernet". As for the speed check app, I think I just went with the first option in the app store. Works well it seems.
     
  20. pldmich

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    Got the Ugreen and it simply was plug and play. No issues at all. Defaulted to ethernet automatically.
     

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