Our Picks for Best WiFi Media Player TV Boxes

By | January 2, 2018

Best WiFi Media Player TV Boxes 2016
TV media player boxes that stream over WiFi have become very dominate in homes in the last few years.
 
This has to do with a TV box ability to stream video content over the internet straight to a TV. Making them ideal for cable cord cutters or anyone wanting the best TV experience possible.
 
In full disclosure some of these units have been sent to us from companies to review which we have done with our own honest opinion and results.
 
*This post contains affiliate links which at no cost to you allows us earn a commission on product purchases.
 
As always be sure to read reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is the right pick for you.
 
Our Picks for Best WiFi Media Player TV Boxes
 
Beelink AP34 Ultimate Intel Mini PC 8GB / 64GB Intel Celeron N3450 HD Graphics 500 Gigabit/ Bluetooth /Dual-Band /WiFi Mini Computer Windows 10 MINI PC

The Beelink AP34 is the only non Android TV box on the list.
 
It is a small mini computer that comes with Windows 10 installed.
 
It has a Celeron N3450 4 core CPU that goes up to 2.2 GHz along with 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
 
Review Beelink AP34 Ultimate Windows 10 Mini PC Mini Keyboard
It also has an internal 60GB SSD Hard Drive with 3 USB 3.0 ports and SD-Card slot.
 
The Beelink AP34 is a good unit that has the same hardware as a mid-range laptop at a lower cost.
 
The resolution can play up to 4096 X 2160 @60Hz, so it has no problems playing the new 4K Ultra HD videos.
 
The AP34 is a good box with vry fast WiFi for those who like to use a familiar Operating System as a home entertainment system.
 
Read Full Review Here
 
 
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Amazon Fire TV | Streaming Media Player

The new Fire TV can play 4K video and has built in 802.11ac dual band WiFi
 
It has a Quad Core CPU with 2 GB of RAM.
Best WiFi Media Player TV Boxes 2016 Fire TV
The built-in storage is low (8 GB) but can be expanded up-to 128 GB with a SD-card.
 
 
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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Streaming Media Player

The NVIDIA SHIELD is a top media center box with many added features.
 
It has a Quad core CPU and 3 GB of RAM.
 
The WiFi is the newest 802.11ac 2×2 with MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out).
 
Most media center boxes come with limited internal storage space and require using a SD-Card or flash drive to add storage.
 
The NVIDIA SHIELD has different versions that come with more built-in storage if needed. Up-to a 500 GB hard drive can come pre-installed.
 
While more expensive than most boxes the NVIDIA SHIELD is definitely a beast.
 
 
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H96 Pro Plus TV Box 3GB RAM 16GB ROM Android 7.1 Marshmallow UHD 4K Smart TV Box with Dual-band WIFI 2.4GHz/5.0GHz Bluetooth 4.1 1000M LAN 4K 2K

The H96 PRO PLUS is a Android TV box that comes with many apps installed including Kodi.
 
It runs a S912 8 Core CPU and 3 GB of RAM. It also runs the newest 802.11ac WiFi.
 
There is not much internal storage (32 GB) and is built to stream content from online. A SD-card or flash drive can be inserted to give it more internal storage if needed.
 
If your goal is to stream videos from your favorite online sources than the I-Box does this well.
 
Read Full Review Here
 
 
Summary
Getting the best WiFi media center box that can play all your favorite content from the internet depends on your network setup.
 
While many home have no problems streaming WiFi and video other homes can sometimes have bad WiFi issues.
 
Many things can effect WiFi from walls to other wireless devices trying to get a signal through.
 
The router used should also be looked at to be sure it is performing at the speeds necessary to stream online content.
 
Keep in mind the new 802.11ac protocol while able to transfer data much faster than older protocols does not travel as well though walls or over distance.
 
802.11ac broadcast in the 5 GHz range while older wireless protocols use 2.4 GHz.
 
Wireless-N the last protocol introduced has a transfer rate up-to 300 Mbps. While the new 802.11ac can transfer up-to 1200MBps.
 
Streaming HD video requires only a 10 Mbps connection, so while the new 802.11ac protocol is faster in some cases wireless-N is better since the signal can travels better than 802.11ac.
 
A wired connection will always be the best, but WiFi when setup right with a good media box is a good choice.
 
 

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