The best wired TV streamer to save your home Wi-Fi bandwidth

If you are like most people over the past 18 months, you probably were streaming more TV shows is movies like never before. Services for example Youtube, Netflix and Disney Plus have countless hours of fun on touches, but yours home network’S Internet connection could also to be struggling with all of that streaming, especially if children are distance learning and the big ones are video conferencing at the same time.

If yours home network is having trouble, you might try to disconnect the stream device from Wi-Fi: using Ethernet instead, via a cat 5 network cable, free up your wireless for other devices such as laptop is tablet. Ethernet is also more stable and usually faster than Wi-Fi and has no problems with walls, interference or distance (well, no in a house).

The best wired TV streamer to save your home Wi-Fi bandwidth

Most of the best media streamers are Wi-Fi only, albeit some work with an inexpensive adapter.

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The bad news is that you? need for run cables from the router to the TV for streaming, but if you’re stuck at home makes a good weekend project, is The Ethernet cable is cheap. During the high-use times you may be OK by running a temporary cable that you can remove in following.

There’s a catch, however. while many game console is smart TVs to have built-in Ethernet ports, most of the best media streamers they are Wi-Fi only, although some work with an inexpensive adapter. Here is a list of the best wired streaming device options that is built-in Ethernet ports o work with Ethernet adapters. Note that everything of products below also work via Wifi.

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The first place on This list he was busy with more than Roku expensive player, the Ultra, but the $ 40 Express 4K Plus has replaced it. Roku is ours favorite streaming system as it has all major streams apps, the simplest interface and a content- agnostic platform that does not push any particular media streaming service provider, like Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV Plus, over another. The Express 4K Plus also flows in 4K HDR, although this Roku device lacks Dolby Vision.

Unlike the Ultra, the Express 4K Plus doesn’t have a built-in Ethernet port on his small dongle-size body, but you can easily add one with a $ 10 to $ 15 adapter from a reseller like Amazon (we tested it with a $ 12 cable from a company called UGreen and it worked fine). This combination is not as elegant as a built-in adapter, but it would be around $ 50 in less than the $ 100 Ultra.

Note that the price below does not include adapter.

Read our Express 4K Plus review.

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Google makes an inexpensive adapter that allows you to connect a wired Ethernet cable to its Chromecast streamers, including the excellent one new Chromecast with Google TV. The combo costs one total of $ 70 – $ 50 for the Chromecast e $ 20 for The Google adapter. We like Roku’s system better than Google TV but it is very close and in some ways, in especially the Google Assistant voice support, This media streaming device combo is a better choice than the Roku Ultra and a closure second to Express 4K Plus.

Note that the price below does not include adapter.

Read our Chromecast with Google TV review.

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Even if the Apple TV 4K costs more of twice how much the options above, is the best choice for people who can appreciate the benefits. These include compatibility with Dolby Vision HDR, flexible conversion, superior voice command features, a better remote and a sleek user interface. Apple TV 4K is like that good for media streaming, it makes sense even if you are not an “Apple person”.

Read our Apple TV 4K (2021) review.

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Only available from Walmart, this is technically the cheapest current device with Streaming Roku system and an Ethernet port. The savings over the current Ultra non LT isn’t much, however, and this device lacks fantastic extras like Dolby Vision, programmable keys, fast launching the app e remote seeker.


As we said, Roku does ours favorite media streamers for live Streaming TV apps like Netflix, and it’s even better as an integrated platform in a TV. This TCL 4 series is one of the most affordable Roku TVs on the market, available in a range of sizes and with image quality that’s fine for most people, mostly in this price. IS like all Roku TVs with 4K capabilities in North America has an Ethernet port.

Dimensions: 43, 50, 55, 65, 75, 85 inches (Il price shown below is for the size of 43 inch.)

Read our TCL 4-series Roku TV (2021) review.

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