TV media player boxes that stream videos over WiFi have become very popular in homes over the last few years.
Their popularity has to do with a TV box’s ability to stream video content over the internet straight to a TV.
This makes them ideal for cable cord-cutters or anyone wanting the best TV experience possible.
Most all units will also have built-in WiFi to stream wireless from a router.
There are many boxes available, with those below some of our favorite options.
As always, be sure to read reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a right pick for you.
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Our Picks for Best WiFi Media Player Internet TV Boxes
- MECOOL KM2
- HK1 Android TV Box
- ACEPC AK1 Mini PC
- NVIDIA SHIELD
- T95Z Plus Android Box
The MECOOL KM2 is a new Android 10 TV box for 2021 with an S905X2 CPU and 2GB of RAM.
This makes it a good basic media player for streaming videos from online sources and playing 4K resolution.
There are other units that have more RAM and faster CPU but the MECOOL KM2 is a Google Certified Android 10 box.
This means it has better support for apps in the Google Play Store.
If you are not worried about certification, there are other low-cost units that have better hardware.
The HK1 Android TV Box is a low-cost media center built to stream 4K videos at 60fps along with basic game-play.
It has an S905X3 CPU which is a good processor for budget media players in 2021.
It also has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage space.
This makes it a good unit for those looking for a mid-range low-cost media center box that can play 4K video.
Mini PC, Quad Core Ιntel Celeron J3455 Mini Desktop Computer Windows 10 Pro(64-bit), 4GB DDR3/64GB eMMC Small Computer 4K Support 2.5″ SSD/mSATA SSD/2.4G+5G Dual WiFi for Home Business Education
The ACEPC AK1 Mini PC is a very small computer built into a small box.
On one side, the unit has an SD-card slot, 3 USB ports. It also has dual band built-in WiFi.
The internal storage is 64GB which is expandable with a 2.5 inch laptop hard drive up-to 2TB if more space is needed.
The ACEPC AK1 is a good box with very fast WiFi for those who like to use a familiar Operating System as a home entertainment system.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Smart Home Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with SmartThings Link
The NVIDIA SHIELD is a top media center box with many added features.
It has been available for a while but still a top media box with many updates.
There is very good support and the price has dropped drastically since its introduction.
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 500GB hard drive can come pre-installed.
While more expensive than most boxes the NVIDIA SHIELD is definitely a beast.
EVANPO T95Z Plus Android 7.1 TV Box Amlogic S912 Octa-core CPU 3GB RAM 32GB ROM (Backlight Wireless Keyboard Included)
The T95Z Plus is an Android TV box that comes with many apps installed.
It runs an S912 8 Core CPU and 3 GB of RAM. It also has 802.11ac WiFi.
There is not much internal storage (32GB) and is built to stream content from online sources. An 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, the T95Z Plus does this well on a budget.
While not a high-end unit it does well at playing media from local or online sources.
Getting the best WiFi media center box that can play all your favorite content from the internet depends on your network setup.
While many homes have no problems streaming WiFi and video, other homes can sometimes have bad WiFi issues.
Many things can affect 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 through walls or over distance.
802.11ac broadcast in the 5GHz range, while older wireless protocols use a 2.4GHz frequency.
Streaming HD video requires only a 25Mbps connection, so while the new 802.11ac protocol is faster, in some cases, wireless-N is better since the signal can travel better than 802.11ac.
A wired connection will always be the best, but when set up correctly with a good media box, WiFi is a good choice.