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Roku vs Firestick and Live TV

Snake Doctor

Active Member
I think I am getting screwed by ATT on my internet. I don't know how many mbps is needed stream a couple of tv's and a iPad without a lot of buffering? Actually, I believe I am paying for more than what I am getting. I complained and they sent me a new router/modem and it has helped but I am at the high end for what you can pay for internet service.
 

Huey

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Famous
I think I am getting screwed by ATT on my internet. I don't know how many mbps is needed stream a couple of tv's and a iPad without a lot of buffering? Actually, I believe I am paying for more than what I am getting. I complained and they sent me a new router/modem and it has helped but I am at the high end for what you can pay for internet service.
You can check your internet speed at speedtest.net if you don't think you are getting what you are paying for.
 

Flint

"Do you know who I am?"
Superstar
You can check your internet speed at speedtest.net if you don't think you are getting what you are paying for.
When you run the test, be sure no one is else is streaming at the same time.
 

Huey

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Famous
I have done that, but what I don't understand is what mbps would be adequate. Is there any thing that would give me an idea?
Just depends on what you are trying to stream. A 4K stream from Netflix usually needs 7 to 11 mbps but I've seen it go as high as 15.
 

Towen7

Well-Known Member
Staff member
Moderator
If you’re an AT&T customer I suggest using the app Smart Home Manager to run a speed test to the gateway. This helps verify the service without all the connections inside the home. Assuming that test shows your getting what youre paying for you can use Speedtest.net or other services to test to your device.
 

Towen7

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Staff member
Moderator
Speedtest to my phone using my wireless connection while simultaneously streaming to two TVs using the AT&T TVnow app.

AT&T FTTP service

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Towen7

Well-Known Member
Staff member
Moderator
If you’re an AT&T customer I suggest using the app Smart Home Manager to run a speed test to the gateway. This helps verify the service without all the connections inside the home. Assuming that test shows your getting what youre paying for you can use Speedtest.net or other services to test to your device.
Here’s why I suggested the Smart Home Manager app if you’re an AT&T customer. You can see speed results to your modem and then see a health check map of all your connected devices. It’s very handy if you’re experiencing issues. You’re typically going to get about 1/2 the full speed when using a wireless connection. If not you can see that the quality of the WiFi connection between your modem/gateway and the actual device. Here you can see that despite having my full speed to the gateway (1Mbps) that there are two witless devices with a less than ideal connection. Those devices aren’t going to get the best possible WiFi speeds.

Zooming in I can see exactly what devices they are.

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