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    WiFi/Streaming/Internet related question: Does streaming video/media from upstairs PC to downstairs TV affect internet speed?

    I have terribly poor internet speeds - Sky internet - often under 2MBps (long way from the exchange apparently)

    I want to set up a bit of a media centre downstairs using my WD Live TV box connected to the TV. I wish to stream content from my upstairs PC.

    I am clueless to if this level of streaming will actually affect internet speed for others browsing the internet.

    It's not actually using the WWW but instead using the router to transmit from one device to another. Will it affect speed of internet?

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    it *should* not make a difference to your Internet speeds, but the type of router may have a bearing on it. if it's a God awful one that sky provided then it could as while the internal traffic is in use it is unable to pass traffic to the net successfully. but overall, no, it should not have any effect on your net speeds.

    it won't effect the Internet speed because your just using your local connection. you can unplug your router from the Internet and u will still be able to send files over the local connection. so it should have zero effect.

    Are you streaming internet based media or locally stored media on your pc? Personally, i would just get a small portable hdd (i have a £20 512gb one connected to my wdtv box downstairs). Then that drive becomes visible to all devices across your network via dlna.

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    chocci

    Are you streaming internet based media or locally stored media on your … Are you streaming internet based media or locally stored media on your pc? Personally, i would just get a small portable hdd (i have a £20 512gb one connected to my wdtv box downstairs). Then that drive becomes visible to all devices across your network via dlna.



    Yeah, all the streamed stuff will be already stored on my PC hard drives. Need to just streak to WDTV box somehow but not affect already poor internet speed

    Unless the streaming is an appreciable part of the available Wifi throughput, it should not have a noticeable effect.
    If the box buffers the entire content at full speed, then there probably would be a bump.

    I sometimes take my laptop upstairs to connect to our tv and find that it keeps buffing as the wifi signal from downstairs is not strong enough to make it upstairs.

    Downstairs, we are fine when we do the same but doesn't work well upstairs. Our broadband speed is quite fast downstairs so I suspect you will struggle. We are also on sky broadband but we get pretty fast speeds.
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