How to Receive the Best Streaming on Wii for Netflix
By Kefa Olang
With the recommended broadband connection speed and the proper setup for network connection devices such as routers and modems, you can receive the best streaming when you watch Netflix TV shows and movies on your Wii gaming system. Improving streaming decreases the chances of issues such as frequent buffering, stalling and stops.
Network Connection Speed
Netflix for Wii requires a broadband connection with a network speed of at least 1 megabits per second, but 3 Mbps is recommended for high-quality titles. Anything slower can increase video buffering, stalls and the error message, "Your Internet connection has slowed. We are adjusting playback to avoid further interruption." If this error appears while watching a video on the Netflix Instant Streaming Channel, perform a network connection test to determine your network's speed. Use websites such as SpeedTest.net and Linksys Speed Test to check your current bandwidth (see Resources). If your network connection is slower than recommended, contact your Internet service provider for additional troubleshooting and network upgrade options.
Netflix for Wii is a bandwidth-intensive application. If you have a fast wireless or wired network connection, speed issues are less likely to occur. However, if your network connection isn't as fast, disconnecting other devices using the same network frees up bandwidth to improve streaming. Interference from devices such as cordless phones and wireless receivers, especially those using 2.4GHz frequencies, can also interfere with wireless signals and deter Netflix streaming, so it's advisable to keep your wireless router far from such devices.
Troubleshooting Routers and Modems
If Netflix for Wii has completely stopped or is running into consistent network errors, sometimes disconnecting the wireless router and modem for at least a minute and then turning them back on will recycle the power and reset them. This can be beneficial if your devices are experiencing busy signals while attempting to connect to your Internet service provider. If your router supports multiple channels, changing the channel can also improve wireless signals. The location of the wireless router also plays an integral role in its performance. If the router is close to a wall or on the floor, placing it in a central location such as a desk decreases the chances of signal problems. Metal objects such as metallic cabinets are also known to cause interferences, so move your router away from them to improve signal strength while streaming Netflix titles. If you're running into wireless connection problems, connecting your Wii directly to the modem using an Ethernet cable bypasses the wireless signal to improve network connection. If the Netflix Instant Streaming Channel is still not streaming properly, contact your ISP for additional device-specific troubleshooting.
In some instances, the Netflix Instant Streaming Channel on your Wii may display a five- or six-digit error code if it runs into streaming problems. Error codes vary and can mean anything from a network connection problem to a damaged title. To determine what may have caused the error, use Wii-Error Code Lookup (see Resources). When you enter a streaming error code in the open field on the Error Code Lookup page, the utility will tell you the reason for the issues, and it will provide possible solutions for the errors. Using the Wii - Error Code Lookup tool can be beneficial for improving streaming because it provides solutions to problems already determined by the five- or six-digit error codes.
Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.