Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a broadband dsl at home, but my wireless signal isnt that strong in the living room. I am excited with getting one of these 2 devices, but I don't know how it will all work without cable.

If I am working at home or downloading stuff, then the available bandwidth is even lesser. Does that mean bad streaming and buffering? Will these devices let me buffer the movie when I am not at home and then watch the stream later?


share|improve this question

The Roku HD has 802.11b/g WiFi. The Roku XD and XDS have 802.11b/g/n.
The Apple TV has 802.11a/b/g/n.

802.11n is the fastest network speed, and reaches the farthest. If the WiFi in your home is 802.11n, I strongly recommend choosing one of the players that supports that.

share|improve this answer

The new (black) AppleTV has an 8GB flash onboard so it should be able to store 2 or 3 HD movies locally without having to stream them again. I have 10Mbps cable and it only takes 10 seconds or so between purchase and the show starting to play.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.