powerline vs wireless-ac bridge?

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  1. JoeKustra

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    1) There have been network changes, but it's hard to know when you had problem and what version software was used. At one time a disconnected TiVo would stick around on My Shows. Now it's greyed out in one minute.
    2) Everything works better with a good router. :)
    3) No clue, but it sounds logical.
     
  2. slowbiscuit

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    Powerline is a crapshoot just like WiFi, both are subject to interference. Can work great for days/weeks/months and then get crappy, might never work right, or work flawlessly all the time.
     
  3. pfiagra

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    The actual Mini unit also has something to do with it. I use powerline and the first Mini (v1) would work fine, except for Netflix, which would give an error trying to load. When I hooked up a different Mini (also v1) in its place, everything worked (and is still working) fine without any errors, including Netflix.
     
  4. m.s

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    No. WiFi is a crapshoot because of interference from the neighbors. Powerline is an internal issue, and depends only on thing under local control.

    Either can work. But, one has control over powerline, not WiFi. For $100, you can test both.
     
  5. slowbiscuit

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    Test sure, possibly fix at a reasonable cost maybe. Which is why both are crapshoots, doesn't matter where the interference is.
     
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  6. fcfc2

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    My experience is that with wireless, assuming you can use 5GHz, is more consistent than powerline, trying to get by with using the 2.4GHz band, unless you live very far from any neighbors is pretty much a waste of time due to wireless congestion. I tested a number of these powerline adapters in various homes. In some locations the powerline, would simply not work depending on the circuits being used and even when they did work, it was rare to ever get higher than a small fraction of the rated throughput and these signals would sometimes be effected by "electrical" interference such as fluorescent lights and vacuum cleaners.
    I have seen some reports of success with the powerline equipment though and I would not completely rule them out. When trying them I suggest buying from a source which has a friendly source with an easy return policy.
    My go to recommendation is Ethernet first, then MoCA, then wireless, and then powerline.
     
  7. fyodor

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    I'd probably go in the other direction. If you know what you're doing and how to configure, you can set up a wifi system that runs awfully fast. Powerline you're limited by your wiring but is probably more plug and play.

     
  8. Myrtledog

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    I picked up a new Mini VOX yesterday and hooked it up by using an Ethernet cable from my Linsys Velop module next to the TV. I routinely get 80-100mbps down from this. it immediately saw my main TIVO and I got rock solid performance for 3 or 4 hours on various channels and streaming apps as well. Was very satisfied.

    Last night before bed I turned it on again and the picture and sound were unwatchable. froze every 2 or 3 seconds. Tried a reboot but didn't fix it. Tested the thru put of the Velop module and got just over 100mbps down... WTH?

    Any ideas from this learned group?
     
  9. krkaufman

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    Possibly related... IPtv and multicast on the Velop - Linksys Community

    Also... Linksys Official Support - Enabling Filter Multicast on a Linksys router

    (You might try it with "Filter multicast" both enabled and disabled; and you'll want to power reset your TiVo boxes between test attempts.)
     
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  11. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    I don't know, off-hand.

    I'd recommend starting your own thread on this, both to attract the right eyeballs and for future readers who might come across the same issue.
     
  12. Myrtledog

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    good idea. I'll try that.

    Thanks!
     
  13. JoeKustra

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    Looks like the D-Link DAP-1650 works well . I haven't had any disconnects. The UI is not so good, but that's a D-Link characteristic.
     
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