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Will My Netflix Picture Improve With a Direct Internet Connection?
By Swanni Follow @SwanniOnTV
Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2013)
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Q. I now
watch streaming video from Netflix with my Blu-ray player
picking up the Internet signal from my wireless home network.
But I notice that sometimes the signal is a little sketchy. It
breaks up a bit. Any ideas on how to improve this? Would it make
a difference if it I connected my Internet cable directly into
the Blu-ray player? --- Diane, Newark, New Jersey.
wireless home network is a great way to use the Internet
in more than one place in the house. But the strength of the
original signal will decline if you use a wireless network. That's a
That's not to say that the wireless network won't deliver a
consistent and top-quality picture. If you are subscribing to a
high-speed Internet service, the wireless signal should still be
strong enough to produce an equally strong streaming picture.
But if you notice the streaming picture has frequent hiccups,
you might want to try connecting your Internet cable directly
into your Blu-ray player, or whatever device you're using to
How can you tell if the signal is stronger with a direct
connection? Most Blu-ray players have a feature that allows you
to test the speed of your Internet connection. Go to the
player's Menu and look for a Internet Speed Test feature. Try it
a few times with the wireless connection and then a few times
with the direct connection. The higher the number, the faster
If there's a dramatic difference in speed between the two, the
direct connection may be the way to go, particularly if you
notice that your Netflix picture seems more consistent.