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    100M or 1000M LAN

    I understand that in terms of data transfer 1000M or Gigabyte LAN is 10* quicker than 100M but will there be any noticeable benefit when streaming movies via an Android TV box? Most boxes in seen have 100M LAN.

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    Will be fine but look on high bitrate 4k videos​ as then you might struggle with bandwidth.

    Netflix and Amazon are using about 25Mbps for 4k. So the box doesn't need more than 100M

    Just remember the number is BITS, not BYTES; a BYTE is 8 BITS, so the 100M LAN is in reality no more than 12 MegaBYTES at best, and usually up to a third slower than that, due to network overheads.

    There is no monetary reason to buy 100 over 1000, even budget routers have Gigabit ports these days (except a very few freebies from the likes of TalkTalk), and I havent seen a 100Megabit port on a PC motherboard since about 2006.

    When I ran my wired LAN through the house over Christmas, I went for 10GBE cabling, as 10GB ports and routers are not that far off for consumer gear.

    Depends on the bitrate of the movie. If the movie is highly compressed rubbish you could probably transfer the data packets by hand and still obtain the same result. If you're accessing streams from the net (especially the dubious variety) it is highly unlikely a video would saturate real-world 75Mb fast ethernet unless the network itself was stressed elsewhere.

    Gentle_Giant

    Just remember the number is BITS, not BYTES; a BYTE is 8 BITS, so the … Just remember the number is BITS, not BYTES; a BYTE is 8 BITS, so the 100M LAN is in reality no more than 12 MegaBYTES at best, and usually up to a third slower than that, due to network overheads.There is no monetary reason to buy 100 over 1000, even budget routers have Gigabit ports these days (except a very few freebies from the likes of TalkTalk), and I havent seen a 100Megabit port on a PC motherboard since about 2006.When I ran my wired LAN through the house over Christmas, I went for 10GBE cabling, as 10GB ports and routers are not that far off for consumer gear.



    ​yes but internet speeds are also measured in megabits, so if your internet is less than 100mbit then you'll never saturate your ethernet

    Blu-ray UHD allows data rates of up to 128Mbps so if you're streaming your own files across the network then it's worth paying the few quid extra for gigabyte.

    EndlessWaves

    Blu-ray UHD allows data rates of up to 128Mbps so if you're streaming … Blu-ray UHD allows data rates of up to 128Mbps so if you're streaming your own files across the network then it's worth paying the few quid extra for gigabyte.



    This is the only case where you might actually need it, you don't need it for 4K streaming services or your own Blurays.

    Having said that it's really not that much more expensive to go with a Gigabit network.

    adamspencer95

    yes but internet speeds are also measured in megabits, so if your … yes but internet speeds are also measured in megabits, so if your internet is less than 100mbit then you'll never saturate your ethernet



    BT and Virgin already offer much faster services, and then there is moving files around your network.

    As I said before, there is no cost involved in fitting gigabit, if anything, 100Mb is now so old, you will pay a premium to the few suppliers that still stock it; and the price difference between Mb, Gb and 10Gb cable is so small, why limit yourself??

    Yes had Gigabit for about 10 years now, trouble is most Smart TVs, Media boxes, etc come fitted with 100 Mb port as standard so makes no difference in some cases. Wi-Fi much quicker now also if you have the latest AC 5Ghz Router.

    Gentle_Giant

    BT and Virgin already offer much faster services, and then there is … BT and Virgin already offer much faster services, and then there is moving files around your network.As I said before, there is no cost involved in fitting gigabit, if anything, 100Mb is now so old, you will pay a premium to the few suppliers that still stock it; and the price difference between Mb, Gb and 10Gb cable is so small, why limit yourself??



    ​but this question is specifically about android boxes which only have 100M and there is a cost increase to go to gigabit. its not about wiring an entire network, in which case i would agree with you

    adamspencer95

    but this question is specifically about android boxes which only have … but this question is specifically about android boxes which only have 100M and there is a cost increase to go to gigabit. its not about wiring an entire network, in which case i would agree with you



    My Android box is 4 years old - it has Gigabit ports, so do both my TV's.

    Wifi is great, as long as you dont have lots of people using the same channel,, lots of local RF interference, thick walls, a microwave oven close to the transmission path, local **** with an illegal Ham rig/CB radio.

    Where I live, on a good day my 300Mbps Wifi would give me 300Mbps across the length of my house; on a bad day, the wifi printer couldnt pick it up, despite being less than 2 metres from the router.

    Now I have gigabit LAN 24/7, regardless of what noise the locals/ secret government weapons lab are pumping out.


    Now then, you are not listening to me, so what if your current Android box only has 100Mb?? What happens next year when you buy a new 4K version with Gb ports, but only fitted 100Mb switches and cables??

    2 years ago, my branded 5-8 port Gigabit switches cost £8 - £13; thats hardly breaking the bank, the 10GbE cables worked out at around 68p per metre, in 10 and 15m lengths terminated in gold plated plugs; the whole lot cost less than my brother spends in one night down the pub.

    When 10GbE switches and PC cards come down to consumer level (in a couple more years at most), I wont have to rewire the whole house, just swap out the 2 switches, and PCIe cards in the main computers.

    your Kom-puters will have 10gb ports by that time.
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