As a former Network Admin/Engineer, I think you should probably get a better router. Sounds to me like you have a router that maxes out at 54Mbps for media consumption. You should be aiming for at least 300mbps in full duplex mode - with any performance settings maxed out. A router with 2 or more high-gain antennas is ideal.
FYI - get a CAT 8 cable if using with a laptop or desktop computer. Much better shielding and reduced latency in packet delivery. It can be like 10-15 bucks..and it'll work better than previous iterations like CAT 6.
Wired Ethernet is the way to go if you are serious about enjoying high quality streaming!
Here is a recent discussion on getting the best out of your router,
I’m now using CAT8 to my Node2i with Cullen PC, wifi to FireTV. Fios 200mbps, Android for control. It’s very fast, no dropouts.
I have the router plugged into a Brick Wall PC 8’ away from audio, separate circuit. I used a RF "sniffer" and found high levels of RFI on the coax entering my house but no RFI at the Brick Wall or router, zero RF at my audio system.
And a noticeable improvement in the noise floor.
Thanks for this. Although I wasn't able to disable WMM (not possible with the router I'm using) I did separate the networks and am now running the laptop for audio on a dedicated 2.4 GHz network with everything else running off the 5 GHz branch.
There is a noticeable improvement in sound quality doing this.
Hi, my experience on enhancing sound quality on streaming. I just use the iFi iPower-X audiophile grade smps on the Wi-Fi router immediate I can hear the sq clarity is better and slight wider sound stage. The most surprise is the Wi-Fi signal 1 more bar stronger. Worth of trying on psu first then on modem.
Using 2.4Ghz is like using a network cable that all of your neighbors share at the same time, and they have the ability to saturate it with interference and you can't do anything about. It might be fine one day and not fine the next. There are only 3 non-overlapping channels in 2.4Ghz and everything from baby monitors to security cameras to walkie talkies use that frequency. Not a good recommendation.
5Ghz has far more channels and is a much better option.
A wire is even better, but not always feasible.