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Steam Link £15.99 at Game Instore and Online
Steam Link £15.99 at Game Instore and Online

Steam Link £15.99 at Game Instore and Online

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It's crap don't waste your time. I have a gigabit LAN network and rocket league is unplayable on my TV in the Lounge when streamed from my PC upstairs.

It works perfectly for me.

Only adds 3ms of latency which is less than my 'gaming' monitor.

If its not working properly for you, either your cpu is too rubbish to encode the video or maybe your having a driver issue or something.

I would suggest the first thing would be to try reinstalling windows.

Edited by: "thetwistedblue" 23rd Feb

Love my steam link, working amazingly well over AV2 homeplugs, can't recommend it enough

Stowgood

It's crap don't waste your time. I have a gigabit LAN network and rocket … It's crap don't waste your time. I have a gigabit LAN network and rocket league is unplayable on my TV in the Lounge when streamed from my PC upstairs.



​I got the same experience to be fair. I switched back to a long ass hdmi lol. The idea is good but execution is terrible plus a lot of games crash and if you don't run your pc at 1080p or 720p you have to keep changing resolution in games everytime you switch from steam link to pc.

Excellent device. Got mine just after Christmas last time it was on sale. Played The Crew, Rocket League and Batman Arkham City all without issues. Great match with the Steam Controller, I've used a couple of Wired Xbox 360 controllers with friend in Rocket League and they perform perfectly too.

Worth adding that you now have the option to set a PIN (Steam >> Settings >> In-Home Streaming) each time the Steam Link connects to your host computer. I recommend doing this if you live with other people. Nothing worse then someone launching a game while you are trying to type an Email.

Stowgood

It's crap don't waste your time. I have a gigabit LAN network and rocket … It's crap don't waste your time. I have a gigabit LAN network and rocket league is unplayable on my TV in the Lounge when streamed from my PC upstairs.



Plays everthing with no issues great little peace of kit. You either have a PC that cant handle the streaming or a dodgy network.

HEAT

nice profile pic OP

I hear these are good for kodi?

Steam Controller also back down to £27.99.... It's a great controller IMO, so give it ago. Here's a video of me using its motion controls to aim in Sniper Elite II .. this was just after a day or 2 practice.

youtube.com/wat…Bkk

Cheers! I've already got one in my living room, needed one for my study. I've experienced no issues on my gigabit lan network so I'm happy enough with it!

Got this Christmas when it was on sale. Used it once and wasn't impressed with it. Sold it a week later.

thetwistedblue

It works perfectly for me. Only adds 3ns of latency which is less than my … It works perfectly for me. Only adds 3ns of latency which is less than my 'gaming' monitor. If its not working properly for you, either your cpu is too rubbish to encode the video or maybe your having a driver issue or something. I would suggest the first thing would be to try reinstalling windows.



Complete rubbish, that's just the ping of the device. You're not taking into account the video encode, input latency or display latency.
Bet it's more like 50-100ms but you're comfortable with the lag.
Edited by: "MBeeching" 23rd Feb

Mine is perfect as well. Never had any latency / lag issues at all, and I use powerline adapters too...

People moaning just don't have the right setup. Good bit of kit but lacking enough local co op games for my liking.

thetwistedblue

I would suggest the first thing would be to try reinstalling windows.



Wow that would be your first suggestion? You should get a job in IT support...:p

As long as you have sensible expectations this is a useful device that fulfills a particular role. I use it for third person action games and platformers while on the sofa. Works perfectly fine but I wouldn't use it for competitive online games.

Great piece of hardware. The wireless experience is awful but wired is flawless, I use 2 power line adapters and it runs at the same quality as my PC in terms of resolution and frame rate.

Great deal, runs much better than my Nvidia shield tbh, I don't get all the stuttering with the steam link like I do with the shield.

it is only "1080p" but you can't complain at this price imo.

what benifit does this offer over using a hdmi stright from gpu to tv

Stowgood

It's crap don't waste your time. I have a gigabit LAN network and rocket … It's crap don't waste your time. I have a gigabit LAN network and rocket league is unplayable on my TV in the Lounge when streamed from my PC upstairs.




I have one and it plays absolutely perfect on my WIFI, It plays that good that I didn't even need to hook up my hardwired connection. Saying that I have an expensive router and awesome WIFI.

My Bluetooth headset works nice on it too, same with my wired 360 and wireless steam controller. You either had a bad unit, a bad router and setup or you did something wrong. X).

This device not only allows you to transmit your games, both steam and others added to your steam library, it also allows you to fully remote desktop your Windows desktop as well which is brilliant if you want to transmit Kodi to your TV or want a proper desktop browser experience without having to buy a HTPC.

All keyboards work with it, but it pairs well with K400 and K400R logitechs...

Always keep it up to date, I tend to use Steam Beta so its regularly updating.

KCooperman

Wow that would be your first suggestion? You should get a job in IT … Wow that would be your first suggestion? You should get a job in IT support...:p



I work in IT support and that is insulting.
The first thing to try is turning it off and back on. THEN reinstalling windows... THEN getting a new PC!

Always had terrible WiFi lag with a SteamLink, although wired or via HomePlugs is fine
Edited by: "JamesUK" 23rd Feb

RedRain

what benifit does this offer over using a hdmi stright from gpu to tv



The benefit is that if you had your PC downstairs and you wanted to jump in bed upstairs and continue gaming, watching Kodi or even just browsing in bed you can. Its not really to put in the same room as your PC to be honest. You can but what's the point?

garybb

Plays everthing with no issues great little peace of kit. You either have … Plays everthing with no issues great little peace of kit. You either have a PC that cant handle the streaming or a dodgy network.HEAT



Nope I have a intel Kaby lake based system that is very powerful. I have a gigabit internet connection, Gigabit router, and a gigabit switch.

I notice when the FPS is bad or there is an input delay. When I say unplayable I mean competitively there is a noticeable timing difference when playing the ball in rocket league messing up the aim. If I was only playing on the TV I might eventually get used to aiming with the delay but I'd be at a disadvantage of being a few fractions of a second behind my opponent.

ukez

I have one and it plays absolutely perfect on my WIFI, It plays that good … I have one and it plays absolutely perfect on my WIFI, It plays that good that I didn't even need to hook up my hardwired connection. Saying that I have an expensive router and awesome WIFI.My Bluetooth headset works nice on it too, same with my wired 360 and wireless steam controller. You either had a bad unit, a bad router and setup or you did something wrong. X).This device not only allows you to transmit your games, both steam and others added to your steam library, it also allows you to fully remote desktop your Windows desktop as well which is brilliant if you want to transmit Kodi to your TV or want a proper desktop browser experience without having to buy a HTPC.All keyboards work with it, but it pairs well with K400 and K400R logitechs... Always keep it up to date, I tend to use Steam Beta so its regularly updating.



My network and setup is fine but the steam link is ass. I got it on release. I have tried the beta builds. Perhaps my unit is defective. My standards are high and it's not worth my time. I am advising others to avoid it because of this.

vhero

​I got the same experience to be fair. I switched back to a long ass hdmi … ​I got the same experience to be fair. I switched back to a long ass hdmi lol. The idea is good but execution is terrible plus a lot of games crash and if you don't run your pc at 1080p or 720p you have to keep changing resolution in games everytime you switch from steam link to pc.



​You don't have to switch resolutions.

And anyone complaining about this device either hasn't set it up correctly (selected correct encoding for their GPU) or has a sub standard network. On wired you should be getting very minimal input lag, good enough to play Rocket League but probably not for competitive Counter Strike.

tjc2005

Great deal, runs much better than my Nvidia shield tbh, I don't get all … Great deal, runs much better than my Nvidia shield tbh, I don't get all the stuttering with the steam link like I do with the shield. it is only "1080p" but you can't complain at this price imo.



Exactly...

I hummed and harred as to whether i needed one and tried to justify it, but then i was like.. what am i doing man its only £15.99 a box of cigarettes is a £10; let me just buy it and try it!

Now i have it and its all setup and working, i use it pretty much every other day. I love the fact that I can use it to properly remote desktop by using the Link, a wireless keyboard with touchpad on the side plus I fling on my bluetooth headset and browse or watch kodi no additional PC required.

Plus it supports WOL and remote shutdown, what's not to like? X)
Edited by: "ukez" 23rd Feb

Stowgood

My network and setup is fine but the steam link is ass. I got it on … My network and setup is fine but the steam link is ass. I got it on release. I have tried the beta builds. Perhaps my unit is defective. My standards are high and it's not worth my time. I am advising others to avoid it because of this.



So because you had a bad experience no one else should ever experience it yeah? Hmm

Can you imagine if everyone applied your logic to life in general...WTF! X)

Your mileage will vary, it depends entirely on your BB speeds and latency of your home network. If you know anyone who's got one, best thing to do is ask if you can borrow to test it out.

I borrowed a mate's the other day. Wireless was a bit crap but powerline wired worked pretty well (not flawless, but well enough) so am definitely going to be investing. Excited to try the Steam Controller as well. Heat

Pretty useless product when you can just put your pc in whatever room you want. It's one of those gadgets that fixes a problem that doesn't really exist. Voted hot for the price, as that's what this site is about, and I don't like being unfair.

MBeeching

......Bet it's more like 50-100ms but you're comfortable with the lag.

Playing on the Steam Link I see an extra 18-25ms latency depending on the game. This is a [email protected] 30Mbit/sec stream. Using the Intel QuickSync hardware encoder on my i5-4690k and wired 100Mbit Ethernet.

i am loving my steam link. it is comnected wirelessly through 5ghz virgin router super hub.2 and it is working flawlessly. truly amazing device.

LagunaLoire

Your mileage will vary, it depends entirely on your BB speeds and latency … Your mileage will vary, it depends entirely on your BB speeds and latency of your home network. If you know anyone who's got one, best thing to do is ask if you can borrow to test it out.I borrowed a mate's the other day. Wireless was a bit crap but powerline wired worked pretty well (not flawless, but well enough) so am definitely going to be investing. Excited to try the Steam Controller as well. Heat



Fair point on trying one out if you can, though just to point out for other people reading your comment, your experience with this will have nothing to do with your broadband speed. It's an internal networking process. Unless you plan on playing remotely outside of your own LAN, but that's not what this is for and will require some fiddling to get working.
Edited by: "JonN" 23rd Feb

donslibi

Pretty useless product when you can just put your pc in whatever room you … Pretty useless product when you can just put your pc in whatever room you want. It's one of those gadgets that fixes a problem that doesn't really exist. Voted hot for the price, as that's what this site is about, and I don't like being unfair.



That's hilarious, you are funny.... Assuming you aren't being serious

I got one, for £16 it's not bad. I mean it works, but the image quality is poor, can stutter every now and then and there is definitely some latency from the controller. I honestly don't enjoy playing games with it all that much but at a push it's ok.
Edited by: "bobbagoose" 23rd Feb

MBeeching

Complete rubbish, that's just the ping of the device. You're not taking … Complete rubbish, that's just the ping of the device. You're not taking into account the video encode, input latency or display latency.Bet it's more like 50-100ms but you're comfortable with the lag.



You can pop the statistics up via an option in Steam. With hardware encoding and decoding and a gigabit Ethernet it's less than 20ms IME.

Stowgood

Nope I have a intel Kaby lake based system that is very powerful. I have … Nope I have a intel Kaby lake based system that is very powerful. I have a gigabit internet connection, Gigabit router, and a gigabit switch. I notice when the FPS is bad or there is an input delay. When I say unplayable I mean competitively there is a noticeable timing difference when playing the ball in rocket league messing up the aim. If I was only playing on the TV I might eventually get used to aiming with the delay but I'd be at a disadvantage of being a few fractions of a second behind my opponent.



What provider is your gigabit internet?

LagunaLoire

Your mileage will vary, it depends entirely on your BB speeds and latency … Your mileage will vary, it depends entirely on your BB speeds and latency of your home network.



Your BB speed has no bearing on it whatsoever. You do not need to be online in any form to use the Link.

bobbagoose

I got one, for £16 it's not bad. I mean it works, but the image quality … I got one, for £16 it's not bad. I mean it works, but the image quality is poor, can stutter every now and then and there is definitely some latency from the controller. I honestly don't enjoy playing games with it all that much but at a push it's ok.



Curious. What GPU are you using? Are you definitely using hardware encoding? It's worth turning on the on-screen statistics via the streaming options on the client. The graph is dead handy. From memory, the bottom section is the encoding delay, the middle is the network delay, and the top section is the decoding delay. Additionally, the on screen information will tell you what the encoder and decoder are, and what kinds of delays there are. If the whole thing is taking more than about 20ms in total then something is wrong somewhere.
Edited by: "jewelie" 23rd Feb

I bought one before christmas. Works well via TP link devices. I personally would not play online over it due to a tiny bit of lag but that is probably my TV. But for any offline game it works perfectly. Also added VLC as steam app to stream music and videos from PC.
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