Sledgstone

Playstation 4 Standby Mode = SD Netflix for other devices

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Over the past week Netflix has been struggling to give me half assed quality on my PS3. I thought it was a netflix issue. I checked my speedtest.net and everything seems fine. I changed my settings in Netflix to max data streaming.. I tried netflix on my laptop.. same thing.. SD. I could not get netflix to stream HD. Then I remembered I left the PS4 in standby mode last saturday so it could finish downloading that "Don't Starve" game. I turned on the PS4, it found a new update for BF4.. and now I guess I need to check my standby mode settings because I thought the PS4 would have downloaded that in the background already in standby. Anyway, I turned the PS4 completely off and checked my laptop again.. Netflix now streams in HD again. wtf. Maybe the PS4 is downloading in small increments while in standby? Maybe its communicating over my WIFI in a way that it is interfering with the packets over my WIFI? I do not know. All I do know is that if my PS4 is in standby, my Netflix over wifi looses all HD.


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Interesting... PS4 standby has never given me issues... I stream on my PC as well when I don't feel like draining my Turtles battery life... When Steam downloads a game it will lag out YouTube and Netflix sometimes while not affecting normal Web browsing.


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I'm still testing this theory, but I noticeably had better netflix quality with my PS4 completely off. I think its because my PS4 is connected via WIFI and whatever the hell it's doing over the WIFI while in standby is screwing up my netflix quality. Its odd. I have my PS4 in a bedroom but my PS3 is still my primary Netflix / blu ray player for my living room or I would just use the PS4.


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Maybe its all those portforwards I have on my router.. I'll have to test some more. I changed my channel from auto to 11 to see if I'd get a better signal.. apparently I am because my speedtest is maxing out at 34 mbps now with a minimum of 28 mbps continuously.


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I forgot to update this topic after I figured it all out..

 

After more testing it does appear that it was a router issue. The PS4 in standby mode did seem to cause some issue with my router. Probably because it is on the 802.11n connection and the ps3 is 802.11g. My router has the G & N (combo) and N (by itself) signals on two different bands, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, I believe the 2.4GHz band was getting too much interference from the numerous other devices in my house (laptops, phones and the PS4). Once I set the 2.4GHz (802.11g) band to channel 11, it stopped a lot of the interference issues. Now everything can play netflix in full HD with no problems. If I get any more issues, I'll set the lower band to be G only which will force all the N devices to connect at the higher band. As it is now, the N devices will connect to whatever signal is the strongest, so I don't want to force specific connections if I don't have to.

 

The router had that 2.4GHz set for "auto" before.. why it decided to connect to a channel with a crappy connection makes no sense, seeing as 11 is in the range for auto. But manually setting it for 11 worked great. So if anyone has a netflix issue over wifi.. set that to channel 11.


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