How To Fix an Android TV Box Bad or Broken WiFi Signal
Like all electronics, Android TV boxes can have problems with the internal built-in WiFi at any time.
To run a Ethernet cable to the unit and bypass the wireless altogether is the answer to the problem.
Surely, for many this is not a option and having cables run across floors is not a good look for a home, and a possible tripping hazed. There are some options for fixing a bad or broken WiFi signal without having to take the unit apart.
There are few different devices that connect up to a Ethernet port and than transmit over wireless or a homes internal electrical wiring.
Here we will look at these type of devices and see if one will help fix any bad WiFi issues you may have.
Power Line Adapters
While PLC (Power Line Communication) does not transfer wireless, but it does communicate very well over a homes electrical wires.
This means that it will transmit to another PLC after plugging it into a AC outlet.
While it may be hard to get a Ethernet cable to a media box, most will have a electrical outlet within reach that can be used.
PLC adapters can also be better than WiFi in some environments that wireless has problems in.
ZyXEL Pass-Thru is one such PLC adapter that extends a Ethernet connection through a homes electrical wiring.
Two units come with a kit with one plugged into the router and the other the android TV box.
ZyXEL Pass is a popular option that connects to a router with one PLC and than connects to another PLC at the box.
After it is plugged into a wall outlet data is than transmitted to the router over the electrical wiring.
The setup is really easy basically Plug-and-Play and can be a big improvement over wireless.
The new Powerline AV2 or HomePlug AV2 can move data at Gigabyte speeds. They can also have up to 16 devices connected so they are not limited to a single android TV box.
Ethernet to WiFi Adapter
There are several devices that can hook to a Ethernet port and than transmit wireless to a router.
If a Power Line adapter is not for you than a a Ethernet-to-wireless unit is the next best option.
IOGEAR makes the GWU627 that plugs into a box via Ethernet.
The unit simply plugs into the Ethernet port on a android box which than transmits wirelessly to a router.
IOGREAR has a easy setup using a WPS button.
The above are a two ways to improve a bad wireless signal to a android TV box. Other options could be a wireless signal extender or booster.
If you can not get a good wireless signal a power-line adapter would be a better option since there is no wireless signal.
Powerline has come a long way since its early days and able to move data extremely fast at Gigabyte speeds. This gives it s huge leap over WiFi since it is fast and is not prone to interference like WiFi can be.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
Do you have a good method for improving a signal to your android TV box? Let us know in the comments below.