I recently bought a WD TV Live. It’s working well (much better than my Apple TV2) but I can’t stream 1080 files - after a couple of minutes the file stutters and eventually freezes. I’d be grateful if someone could let me know whether streaming 1080 is even possible given my current set up, and what components I should buy or replace to make this a reality. I know very little about networking so any advice is greatly appreciated. I’ve included some information below which is hopefully relevant.
First off, I attached a thumb drive to the WD today and ran LAN Speed Test. It shows 15.5 Mbps writing and 20.9 Mbps reading. Is this too slow for 1080?
Here’s some specs on my system:
Computer: 2009 Dell Inspiron 1555 (Intel Core Duo @ 2Ghz) with Windows Vista SP2
WiFi Card: Intel WiFi Link 5100 (NOTE: operates in “Draft N” mode)
Router: Actiontec V1000H
Internet Connection: DSL (today tested 13.4 Mbps download and 0.86 Mbps upload).
As my laptop is older, I am considering buying a new one - particularly if that will solve the problem. Also, a friend suggested buying a NAS - though that looks to be at least as expensive as a basic to mid-range laptop, and I’m not really sure how that would improve the streaming situation. Is it possible a different router would help? Would upgrading to Win 7 make a difference?
Thanks very much!