Apple TV and Roku are two devices you can use to stream High Definition (HD) Video, movies, TV Shows, photos, and more to your HD TV wirelessly and connect to your wireless environment and connect to the internet. With the internet connection, you can rent TV shows and HD movies to your widescreen HDTV and you can also stream the HD media from your computer. To connect the Apple TV and Roku to the internet wirelessly, you need a wireless environment with the wireless TV router or wireless router for streaming as the heart of the wireless network. The question is which wireless router is best for Apple TV and Roku?
Firstly you need to know what the technical specs of both Apple TV and Roku, particularly the wireless specifications. Apple TV is powered by the 802.11n technology with dual-band support for both 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands. While Roku supports only 2.4GHz band (but the XDS version supports dual-band) with 802.n technology. Both are backward compatible with the 802.11g standard. They also include one 10/100Mbps Ethernet port for wired connection to the network instead of wireless connection.
With the streaming function, your wireless TV router must be a high performance one, a wireless router which is designed for streaming HD media and smooth gaming.
A wireless router for video streaming should be capable of delivering high speed wireless connection and less interference from any types of signal attenuator. Your wireless TV router should be powered by the latest wireless 802.11n technology and with the addition of MIMO antenna technology is better for high speed and longer distance coverage.
Wireless network which operates in 2.4GHz is prone to signal interference from other wireless devices in homes including the Microwave oven, baby monitor system, cordless phone etc.
Therefore, your wireless router should support 5GHz band – a dual band version of wireless router. With 5GHz band support, your wireless network is clean - less interference.
The other plus feature that the router should have is the Wireless Multimedia based Quality of Services (WMM QoS). WMM Quality of service can provide wireless prioritizations for video or gaming traffic over other data traffic. This will ensure the lag-free video and jitter-free gaming.
The following are wireless routers for streaming which are powered by the wireless 802.11n technology, dual-band, and a plus feature WMM based QoS. These wireless TV routers are ideal to support Apple TV and Roku XD player.
Apple Extreme Base Station
Apple Airport Extreme Base Station is ideal for Apple TV. No argue, you will agree because they are from the same vendor – Apple. Not just that, Airport Extreme is designed to work with your iPod, iPad, iPhone and other Apple products. Apple Airport is powered by the latest wireless 802.11n technology and is backward compatible with 802.11b/g. It is a dual band router that supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands. Roku XD Player supports only 2.4GHz band (the XDS supports dual band), that's OK you can connect to Airport Extreme since the router supports dual band simultaneously.
Airport Extreme is also powered by the intelligent MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) antenna technology in transmitting the multiple data streams simultaneously for higher speed and better range performance.
Another important feature to support your home network environment is the router includes one USB port. With this USB port you can share the external disk storage to be accessible by the users on your network as well as accessible via Internet securely. Or you can attach a USB printer and configure it to be accessible by all users in the network. The good thing with this USB port is that you can attach both External disk storage and USB printer at once by adding a USB hub.
Cisco-Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router
Cisco-Linksys E3000 is a high-performance router for gaming and video streaming which is ideal for your Apple TV or Roku. The router is powered by the latest wireless 802.11n technology deliver the high speeds of up to 300Mbps (in ideal conditions) and is also dual-band support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneously.
The E-3000 includes one USB port you can use for sharing the external disk storage with users on the local network or on the internet via secure connection. The router includes a built-in UPnP AV media server to allow you stream video and other media content to an Xbox 360, PS3, or other compatible device. For wired connection, you can use the 4xGigabit Ethernet port to connect to any other Gigabit enabled devices such as Computers, servers, or any other high-speed workstation. You can also consider the WNDR37AV wireless N dual band gigabit router which is DLNA compliant.
By Ki Grinsing
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Ki Grinsing was graduated from technical college with CCNA and MCSE certifications and prolonged years of working experiences in IT projects. Other related articles please visit Linksys E-Series and wireless range extender.