Is your Chromecast or Fire TV slow and jerky? Try this to find out the cause

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There are few things more frustrating than watching something on TV and the playback keeps cutting off or the application degrades the quality until you can barely distinguish anything between so many giant pixels.

The good news is that There are mainly two reasons why this may be happening to you and it won’t take much for you to discover what the cause is and take measures so that it doesn’t happen to you again.

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Check the connection speed

If your Chromecast or FireTV was working fine until now, it’s possible you have a problem with your connectioneither in a general way (that is, affecting all connected devices) or if the signal reaches the Chromecast or FireTV itself quite weak.

You can check if this is the case doing a speed test from the TV, and you don’t even need to install anything. The Netflix app (which usually comes pre-installed) includes a speed test which you can access from the side panel, in Get help and then Network check.

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The Netflix speed test on Android TV is responsible for checking the connection with the different Netflix servers and do a simple speed test. Best of all, you don’t even need to interpret the test speed results, since the application is responsible for determining whether the speed is enough for Netflix or not, indicating it with a ✔️ symbol.

If you don’t have Netflix on your Chromecast or FireTV, then you can install an app like Internet Speed ​​Tester, compatible with Android TV. This app shows you Detailed data on download and upload speedping and jitter or jitter.

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Internet Speed ​​Tester

Can Compare the speed of these speed tests with those you get with other devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network, to see if the problem is that the Wi-Fi network does not reach behind the TV with enough power.

And if Internet connection is fine but still terrible? Then it may be the case that the Android on your Chromecast with Google TV or your Fire TV is updating applications in the background. These devices are somewhat tight on power, so they tend to suffer if you try to watch something (especially if it is at high quality) while tasks are being done in the background such as updating applications or the system.

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Many times the performance problem comes because the system is doing something in the background, such as updating applications

This is quite common when we have the Chromecast or FireTV in a drawer and we use it very occasionally, because then updates accumulate and it can try to apply them as soon as we want to use it. In these cases, what you can do is turn it on before you’re going to actually use it and let it finish updating what it needs to update.

Possible solutions to poor connection

If the problem is that the Internet connection is not reaching your Fire TV or Chromecast strongly enough, then you have several possible solutions. Among the free ones – that is, you will not need anything additional – they simply go through connect to the router’s 5 GHz network (which offers more speed but is worse if the router is far away), so that applications can use greater bandwidth and stoppages do not occur.

If this is not an option (or you are already connected to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi network), another option that will not cost you anything is change router location for one that is more optimal, avoiding obstacles that do not allow waves to pass through such as metal, water or solid walls. Find a good place for the router It’s quite a science, but the effort will be worth it if you can get the network evenly distributed throughout your home.

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The location of the router in the house is very important

To cover long distances you will need the help of a Wi-Fi repeater, a Wi-Fi Mesh system or PLC. Unfortunately this involves an outlay of money, unless you have an old router at home that you can reuse as a repeater.

One of the simplest options is to use a Wi-Fi repeater, which basically what it does is take the Wi-Fi connection and extend it so that it reaches further. There are all types and colors for a price that starts at 20 euros and in many cases they are very easy to configure.

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D-Link Wi-Fi Mesh

A Wi-Fi Mesh system It is a little more complex and will cost you a little more money, starting from about 70 euros. It will be profitable if you need to cover a large area so that you would need several conventional Wi-Fi repeaters.

Finally, we cannot rule out the option to use PLC, which are adapters that take our Internet connection to other places in the house through the electrical installation. The price starts at about 60 eurosalthough you will have to make sure that it is a model that provides Wi-Fi connectivity and not just Ethernet, to be able to connect the Chromecast or FireTV.

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