August 20th, 2012, 09:08 PM
Streaming bluray movies wirelessly?
I just bought a Boxee, and I can't stream a 30 GB bluray without constant buffering. I've read this is very unreliable for most people. This is unfortunate, and may result in me returning the Boxee. A wired connection isn't doable for me. Am I pretty much out of luck if I want to stream 1080p Bluray wirelessly?
However, movie previews look surprisingly good. I'm not sure what quality they are, but they are satisfatory to me. For example, I viewed the movie preview for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it didnt buffer at all, and looked great. It may not have been the full 1080p, but it was certainly good enough. Anyone know what level of quality movie previews are? And how high quality of a picture can I stream to have the least amount of buffer time? I have a wireless N home network.
August 20th, 2012, 09:16 PM
some other's can reply on their specific results, but I think most people doing bluray streaming are using a wired connection.
I have been told by others that you won't get speeds over 30mbps on wifi to/from the Boxee (I cannot attain an actual transfer faster than 29mbps myself).
I wouldn't be surprised if that is not enough speed for full 1080p uncompressed blurays.
Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any other devices on the market that will achieve your objective.
August 22nd, 2012, 06:07 AM
I havent tried this, but...
get a second wifi box, place it besides your boxee, and wire from the new device and into your boxee.
If both WIFI are fast, you should be getting better speed between them, and wire from your second device into your boxee should then keep that speed?
just an idea
August 22nd, 2012, 06:23 AM
Can't you sue a powerline?
I can stream 1080p movies wirelessly from a NAS drive. Yet when I watch 1080 trailers over the internet wired they buffer all the time.
August 22nd, 2012, 06:27 AM
I can't really understand what you are saying.
Originally Posted by sortland
Proximity of wifi between the boxee and the other wifi box won't have any effect as all communication would go:
The only possibility is if your 2nd wifi box and your main access point have full speed 802.11n capabilities and can establish better throughput than the boxee's 802.11n. This would have to do with 802.11n specification that can allow for double bandwidth by going to a 40mhz channel (rather than 20mhz) and/or a 5ghz 802.11n network. Boxee's 802.11n only operates in the 2.4ghz range and I don't believe it can go beyond 20mhz. Even if it could, 40mhz in the 2.4ghz band is probably not going to work because of all the congestion in 2.4ghz band (unless you are in a rural area and have no other competition in the 2.4ghz band).
So in theory, yes, you can buy additional higher spec 802.11n adapters/access points to setup a wireless link faster than boxee's built-in wifi adapter. The question is at what cost? It might well cost more than the boxee....or finding a way to run an ethernet cable from one side of your house to the other and forego wifi entirely.
August 22nd, 2012, 10:17 AM
All my blu-rays are uncompressed m2ts files. Most are the 30mbit+ files, and I can say I have never been able to watch over wireless. I even setup a wireless N with a cat5 going into it to test. I put it next to my boxee and I get the same buffering you do. I gave up on anything wireless when it comes to the boxee. You only safe bet is a wire, or compressing your video files.
August 22nd, 2012, 04:03 PM
This isn't really boxee's fault so much as a limitation of wireless speeds for uncompressed BD streaming. I think the powerline adapter suggestion is your best bet.