Linksys routers make a difference

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I was having trouble with staying connected to the Internet and even YouTube videos would only play for 4 or 5 minutes and quit.  The tech came out and suggested I should get rid of my cheap Belkin router ($30) and get a Linksys router.

I installed a Linksys E6350 router ($80) and what a difference!  For the first time I was able to watch a 2 hour Amazon video without buffering every 3 minutes.  I had no idea that the router would make such a difference in connecting to the Internet.

I do not own stock in Linksys or sell Linksys routers, the tech was right about them and I am glad that I followed his advice.

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Andy Schack

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When I perform an install and I see that the customer has gone out and bought one of those cheap Belkin routers I make a point of telling them that their internet experience is going to be very poor until they toss it and buy a real router. That's one of the great things about dealer/installers like myself being able to utilize esvt at our place of business. It allows us to see what is connected to the modem, if we see the word Belkin we tell the customer that they need to replace the router with a higher grade router, at least the 1200 series or higher. It saves me from having to waste the gas and time on a service call that isn't Exede equipment related.
BTW Tim, you mentioned Amazon Video in your post. Amazon Video will absolutely eat up your data in record time and unlike Netflix, there is no way to set the video quality to a lower level on Amazon's side. I STRONGLY suggest purchasing a Roku streaming device (not the stick, one that has the box with the hdmi output) because you can set the master bit rate on it and no matter what you stream through it, it will not let it exceed that rate. We've got a 55" 4K tv and the pic quality is very good.

Andy
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Andy,

Thanks for another good tip !  I watched a movie on Amazon as a test, it ate about 2 Gig, I do not plan to do that on regular basis.

I do think it is amazing that I can watch movies while sitting out here in the woods.

Tim

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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Thanks Tim

Hopefully a few customers that may have experienced the same situation you did will find this very useful!
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I also use the Roku player and had the older version, Roku 2 I believe, and always had some buffering on it.  Bought the latest Roku player, Premium+, and it rarely  buffers anymore.  I'm sure it has a lot more memory to help lessen the buffering, and the picture quality is also better.  It pays to have the latest equipment, at least in this instance.
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You are correct Jim. I bought the Roku 3 and it definitely works better than the 2 or the usb stick...I HATE those sticks. One of the biggest problems with those streaming sticks is that they are behind the tv screen and that can greatly impact the wifi signal's ability to give a good, steady connection.

Since you have a Roku, try this trick, you'll save a TON of data and you probably won't notice a difference in pic quality. You will use 90% LESS data by doing this. Have your Roku on the home screen. Press the home button 5 times, the rewind 3 times, the fast-forward 2 times. This will take you to the hidden bit rate setting. go down to the second from the bottom, .6/mbps and press OK. Now you can press the home button and stream just like you used to but with far less data usage. Everything you stream through that Roku will now be at a lower bit rate. Hope this helps.

Andy
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Andy Schack

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BTW, this trick also works on TVs with Roku built in.

Andy
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I too have problems with drop outs. And what was the annoying part was that the SB2 Boost recovered but my LAN did not. I noticed my netgear router was no longer "talking" to the sb2 after an extended outage and if I plugged into the sb2 boost Directly the node had Internet.
My VPN listed the linksys wrt1200ac as a router that they have written an app for so I got one and flashed the software. Recovery problem gone!  VPN works better too! I was a Netgear guy but am no longer!