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The Steam Link (BETA) app for android is now available in the play store

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  1. creesch
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    They announced it earlier this month and now it appears to be available in the play store. I have it installed but haven't been able to test it yet as I am at work. I am excited to be able to play...

    They announced it earlier this month and now it appears to be available in the play store. I have it installed but haven't been able to test it yet as I am at work.

    I am excited to be able to play games around the house though :D

    2 votes
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    nothis
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    I have a hardware Steamlink and wireless play was shaky at best. I wonder whether it works any better.

    I have a hardware Steamlink and wireless play was shaky at best. I wonder whether it works any better.

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    1. creesch
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      I just got to test it out and had both screens (pc and phone) next to each other and could barely notice a difference in latency and visually it looked excellent. A lot of the issues people are...

      I just got to test it out and had both screens (pc and phone) next to each other and could barely notice a difference in latency and visually it looked excellent.

      A lot of the issues people are having with wireless Steamlink is not due to it being wireless but more their wireless network. Either or:

      • A lot of the default wifi routers/modems you get from providers are plain crappy with crappier firmware. This is one of the biggest culprits in my experience and is why many people insist that streaming over wifi of anything is often spotty. This steam article gives some good tips further down the page
      • Wifi in an appartment block with a lot of other networks is difficult as well, it often helps to find out what channels are less occupied and change to those.
      • Steam link settings are set to quality instead of fast.
      3 votes
    2. [2]
      Deimos
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      In the Ars article about the app, he had to switch routers to a 5Ghz one for it to work decently.

      In the Ars article about the app, he had to switch routers to a 5Ghz one for it to work decently.

      2 votes
      1. creesch
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        I think that at least as big a factor I actually spotted in the article is them switching from a provider modem to a buying one. The routers/modems providers give you are often really bad in...

        I think that at least as big a factor I actually spotted in the article is them switching from a provider modem to a buying one. The routers/modems providers give you are often really bad in various way, I'd say that about half of the wifi problems people experience is often due to crappy firmware, poor default settings and poor hardware (a lot of modems with build in router and wifi capacity don't have external antennas).

        It is one of the things I always recommend when people are experiencing wifi issues, make sure you have a dedicated router that is positioned somewhere centrally about halfway height between the floor and the ceiling. Also make sure there are no things blocking signals between you and the router. This includes things like:

        • Big plants, water blocks wireless signals rather well.
        • Mirrors, the mirror part is often a metal.
        • Bathrooms, those have a lot of plumbing containing water which will block the signal. Actually a problem in our apartment as the bathroom is basically the most central room.
        • Cordless phones, people often have their router next to their phone base station which is asking for trouble.

        Some of the above things become even extra important when using 5ghz as it has less penetration power.

        And like I said in the other comment make sure you are playing nice with the neighbors and pick a channel that is free. Which can be tricky, as you'd think that picking a channel with only one other network on it would work better but that isn't always the case. There is a slight overlap between channels and sometimes using a channel that has more but weaker other networks on them works better than a channel with one very strong network already on it.

        3 votes