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Hands On: Netgear WNCE2001 Universal WiFi Internet Adapter

WNCE2001

Video Streaming

I have this cross-section of several popular media formats stored on my home server for performing streaming tests.

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The files formats were as follows:

(1) .mts AVCHD video

(1) .mpg movie clip

(1) .mp4 file

(3) .ts MPEG-2 TS files (did not attempt as these files do not even play correctly directly from the HTPC HDD)

(3) .mov QuickTime files

(3) .avi Video clips

(2) .mkv matroska videos (did not attempt as I do not have the proper codecs installed)

(2) .wmv Window Media file

To see how the Netgear WNCE2001 WiFi adapter handled media streaming, I played each file from the WHS through this adapter to my ATOM/ION powered HTPC.  The pix shown with each file outlines the container format for each video.  Please note that I attempted to play these videos only through Windows Media Player, given that based upon previous tests, playing files in Windows Media Center has been a redundant test.

  • 1.mov

vid-1-d
Results: audio/video was choppy

  • 9.mov

vid-9-d

Results: audio/video was choppy

  • 24 – s08e13 – Day 8 400 AM – 500 AM.avi

vid-24-d

Results: audio/video were good and in sync

  • 169_gearsofwar_x360_ot_102506.wmv

vid-169_gearsofwar.d

Results:audio/video were good and in sync

  • Fantastic_Four.avi

vid-fantastic4.d

Results: audio/video were good and in sync

  • flowers3.avi

vid-flowers3.d

Results: video good, file does not include sound

  • I Am Legend – Trailer.mp4

vid-iamlegend.d

Results: audio/video were good and in sync

  • KungfuPanda.mov

vid-kungfupanda-d

Results: would not play:
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  • menton – city 50p – 10958212 – 19162636.mts

vid-menton-d

Results: audio very choppy, video was good

  • Pepsi.mpg

vid-pepsi.d

Results: video good, file does not include sound

  • Wildlife.wmv

vid-wildlife-d

Results: audio/video were good and in sync

The only files I had problems with in the end were the .mts file and .mov files.  For the record, I had the same problem trying to stream these particular files types using other configurations

The above files are a cross-section of several popular media formats that I use for testing purposes.  The next media format (and most important to me) to check out are

  • Ripped DVD (.VOB) movies

I skimmed through several of the movies stored on my WHS.  The result? No skips, no stutters, pure DVD quality on a 1080p screen. For example, Avatar

vid-avatar-d

is but one example.  My problem child of earlier times, the movie 9, played flawlessly.

Verdict: Excellent!

To this point, streaming has been through my LAN.  However, streaming is not limited to just the LAN; we also have Internet remote streaming of video from various popular sites.  For example,

  • Hulu

I played a few videos in 480p format with the TV resolution set to 1080p.  The audio was good; the video seemed a bit jerky initially than became fairly fluid after a very short time.

Verdict: Excellent!

  • Netflix

I skimmed through a few TV shows and some movies. The audio was good; the video was good.

Verdict: Excellent!

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  • Jon

    Also it works as a bridge for multiple devices. I have 7 different devices sitting behind it.

    • Allan

      Just trying to get my head around that comment. You mean you have a switch conmnected to the the Netgear Adapter with seven devices hanging off the switch?

      • boggy4062

        Yes, that's what he meant…. I bet B)

  • Ga

    Not quite 'universal WiFi' when it only works on 2.4GHz … 2.4 is very busy where I live (central London) so 5GHz a must if you want reliability / speed.

    I use the Buffalo Ethernet converter … works flawlessly and also includes a 4 port hub.

    http://www.buffalotech.com/products/wireless/clie

    Roughly rhe same price too …

  • Brendan

    I have seen a few "reviewers" mention that they use it as a bridge/with a switch hanging off it to support internet connectivity to multiple devices via just one Netgear WNCE2001. I am seriously considering buying it for just this feature, and was hoping a more in depth reviewer could test that option and post?

  • richard

    it is a good device but the on thing i have trouble about it after i have been
    playing my 360 for about an hour it drops out and my 360 say that u are disconnected for xbox live what should i do

    • mommie

      Go outside and play for awhile….

  • I am using BT Vision (a TV service that uses the network to download old TV episodes and is tightly-coupled to the router) so I need to keep my existing router but I want to upgrade the speed of wifi in my home to '-N'. I am assuming I can connect this to my router via ethernet and use the bridge in reverse? Can anyone see why that would not work?

  • Sparky

    Doesn't work at all. Plugged into my computer and the setup screen doesn't come up. OK, I think, I'll use the mywifiext.com and mywifiext.net sites that they suggest as a backup. Neither site is live. Just connection errors. Piece of trash.

  • Rich Long

    Ya right it works with anything 😛 I configured it my linksys e1000 router shows it as being connected I plugged it into the LAN port of my Gateway computer that runs on win xp media center edtion version 2002 the computer icon says connected just as when I was hard wired into the internet yet I can not browse the internet nor can I connect to the world of warcraft servers . Sure it works just fine on the xbox 360 but doesnt work at all on the Gateway computer no matter what I try to do with it or the settings on the computer.

  • CHRISTINA

    we have it hooked up to our Directv DVR (downstairs) so that we can get "Direct on Demand" works like a dream since our computer, modem and router are all located on the second floor of our home. Now if I can only figure out how to use it on more than 1 device.

    • Hendri

      I heard this will work: instead you plug the Ethernet cable to your DVR, connect it to the switch that has multiple ports so you can share the internet to more than 1 device. But saying that all those devices are closer to the switch.
      I don't have it yet, but will get one and connect to the switch to share the internet connection.

    • Kenneth palmer

      Hi christina, great that its working for you. Same thing with me but no internet! Its cnnected to the network but cannot get it to connect to theinternet?
      help please.

  • Wilson

    if your are unable to open the UI to configure the device then use the reset button in the back to reset the router. The reset button is difficult to reach, you will need a thin pin like a safety pin to do it. Once you reset, connect to a PC and then type the command ipconfig on command prompt. You will see an IP displayed for the router now and you can type http:// followed by the listed ip to see the configuration page. Beacuse of security settings the router I got would not connect to the wireless using push n go. I had to manually configure. The device works fine with the sony blu ray player that I got. The only problem that I have is that the WAN light is most of the time amber even though the wireless router is not to far away from it. There are no streaming issues though.

  • Scemo

    My router is about 20 feet away in the next room. My WLAN light is solid red. The thing is worthless to me.

  • Anonymous

    Worthless, I'm trying to get it setup to the Xbox 360, and it is an absolute matter of LUCK. Sometimes I can get it hooked up. Other times, not so lucky. When it refuses to connect, it says it "Can't pick up an IP address from the router. Try using a static IP adress." OK, so when I try to do that, it says "Static IP adress not working. Try using automatic." So frustrating…..

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  • guest

    got it working, but it took a while. installed it w/out wps, using http://www.mywifiext.net. it would see the network but wouldn't connect. manually chose the network. had it connect wpa2/aes. still wouldn't connect. googled for a solution, and came across a comment that encryption had to be "normal", so i disabled wep on my router, and i finally connected

  • Ron

    okay, just picked one up today to bridge my blu-ray to the router.  Set up was painless and quick.  Performance on the other hand is dismal…..streaming netflix has to reload every minute or so….   sat in same room with laptop and streamed same show without a hitch….moved router closer but still located in another room same floor.  Nada….will be returning adapter in morning

  • Ammy

    Doesn’t work at all. Plugged into my computer and the setup screen doesn’t come up. OK, I think, I’ll use the mywifi-ext.com and mywifiext.net sites that they suggest as a backup. Neither site is live. Just connection errors.

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