What do I need for 4K streaming?

Discussion in 'Home Theater PCs & Equipment' started by Maddnotez, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Maddnotez

    Maddnotez Limp Gawd

    Nov 28, 2014
    Just wanted some opinions before I make these purchases. I just got a 4K Roku TV (TCL 55R617) and a 4K Firestick.

    I already have Prime Video and Netflix but those are pretty limited so I plan to use Kodi for most of my movies. I have always used wifi and while the buffering has always been a minor issue. 4K movies are pretty much unplayable due to the buffering (I think).

    I figured it is time to plug into my Ethernet cable instead of wifi. A few people told me that I needed to buy a few things to accomplish this:

    Ugreen Ethernet Adapter/USB Gigabit Adapter

    Micro USB to USB cable

    Gigabyte switch

    Just looking to be sure that this is accurate. Will I need all of these items? I already have a Modem and a Router so I am not sure why the Gigabyte switch is needed.

    Also how are these brands and prices? If there are some of these out there that are clearly better I would be willing to pay a little more.
  2. rhansen5_99

    rhansen5_99 [H]ard|Gawd

    Nov 12, 2001
    If you wanted to just use the RokuTV you could stream with a supported App like Plex, I think it is possible to direct play 4k depending on the correct container and codecs. Depending on your thoughts on server / hardware available you might be able to transcode to the devices as well. This might invalidate the need for the fire-stick and the hard-wire to it. Not sure if you can return the fire, but the Nvidia Shield is also a good option for 4K as it can even run a plex server with a usb hdd hooked up and you can eliminate / or break even with the recent deals of $120 or $140 with gaming controller. You can though side load Kodi on a firestick and set it up to stream with the included hardware, though does seem pricey to me.
  3. Solhokuten

    Solhokuten [H]ard|Gawd

    Dec 9, 2009
    What device are you using for Kodi? I agree with rHansen5 about the Nvidia Shield. If your already have a router then I dont understand why you need an additional switch unless you dont have any available ethernet ports for you required devices. I also don't know why you would need that USB ethernet adapter or the USB cable for that matter. I think im missing something here
  4. Bigjohns97

    Bigjohns97 [H]ard|Gawd

    Oct 18, 2000
    Nvidia Shield > *
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