Hello...I was wondering if between my Roku & Laptop, should i hardwire the laptop or Roku when streaming movies from Plex? Right now, i just have the Roku hardwired, but laptop using wifi. There are no issues, but just want the best quality. So, again, if i can only have one hardwired, should it be the laptop or roku? Thank for any help with this!!
In most cases, it probably won't matter either way. Think about it a moment. If your Roku is wireless, but the laptop is wired, you're only going to get the best speed your router can produce at the moment of the stream (I forget off-hand what the actual speeds are on a router wired vs wireless). It'll be the same, vice versa. The only issue is whether or not the laptop itself can handle the quality you're trying to stream.
One way or another, you'll probably encounter some sort of wireless degradation. The easiest and fastest (and best possible quality) will always be wired on both, because you won't suffer from interference or signal loss (which is probably what you're encountering now). You could
try an ethernet hub to keep everything wired (best possible solution if you can't wire both at the same time), but even adding a second route into the mix can cause issues. I say that even though I haven't used an ethernet hub previously (and knowing that it will also introduce other factors into the equation you probably don't want to deal with) ... only from a tech standpoint, adding anything into the mix will potentially cause an issue.
C. Shawn Smith