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I just bought an M8S+ but it is crashing nonstop straight out of the box; and I realize the internal wifi may not be best if I want to use wifi. Most of the models I see are older androids (5.1 lollipop), Hi Media Q10 Pro, H8 Plus, Xiaomi box recommended, I do not have a 4k TV but would like to be able to make the most of my 100 MBPS setup and stream some tv and sports. Recommendations are greatly appreciated! (Under 5.5k please)

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You were advised in this topic that you would be best off returning your M8S+ to Lazada for a full no questions asked refund.

 

If you don't wish to opt for the refund, you could try for an exchange on a better product such as this - also recommended by other forum members here.

 

One big plus for this particular box is that apart from having enough memory for adequate streaming, it also has WiFi aerials so should work with your wifi better... not as well as hard-wired of course, but better then a box with an internal aerial. It also comes with an air-mouse.

 

 

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I've got an M8S+ box and its been fine running Kodi etc for as long as I've had it (almost a year I think). If I was gonna replace it, I would get one of these, http://www.lazada.co.th/android-smart-box-2017-t95z-plus-amlogic-s912-cpu-8-coreram-2-gb-rom-16-gb-air-mouse-t2-black-8955805.html

Seems to be the best bang for the buck as the saying goes.

 

Google t95z plus for reviews.

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4 minutes ago, Jai Dee said:

You were advised in this topic that you would be best off returning your M8S+ to Lazada for a full no questions asked refund.

 

If you don't wish to opt for the refund, you could try for an exchange on a better product such as this - also recommended by other forum members here.

 

One big plus for this particular box is that apart from having enough memory for adequate streaming, it also has WiFi aerials so should work with your wifi better... not as well as hard-wired of course, but better then a box with an internal aerial. It also comes with an air-mouse.

 

 

I am in the process of returning it for a refund and I appreciate those recommendations, that was definitely one of the better looking boxes. My concern with that is the 5.1 android version which is a bit old and apparently cannot support the latest kodi nor be upgraded, but I was hoping to see if anyone had opinions on that. Thank you for the advice as well

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Just now, markcm19 said:

Thank you for the advice as well

You're welcome.

 

I think you'll find that most users are not upgrading to Android 6 and Kodi 17 yet... still bugs to be ironed out.

 

I'm sure that there are more knowledgeable forum members that can elaborate on that further.

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4 minutes ago, Pomthai said:

I've got an M8S+ box and its been fine running Kodi etc for as long as I've had it (almost a year I think). If I was gonna replace it, I would get one of these, http://www.lazada.co.th/android-smart-box-2017-t95z-plus-amlogic-s912-cpu-8-coreram-2-gb-rom-16-gb-air-mouse-t2-black-8955805.html

Seems to be the best bang for the buck as the saying goes.

 

Google t95z plus for reviews.

this does look very good for the price but it has the internal wifi which looks like it may be an issue for me, I would have to run a very long cable around the building which I would like to avoid if possible

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1 minute ago, markcm19 said:

this does look very good for the price but it has the internal wifi which looks like it may be an issue for me, I would have to run a very long cable around the building which I would like to avoid if possible

You don't have to run new ethernet cable.

Use the electrical cables in your building.

I solved that problem by running a LAN cable from my PON router to a TP-Link AV500 Powerline Edition 300Mbps Wi-Fi Range Extender which plugs directly into the power socket in my computer room.

The AV500 Adapter plugs into the power sockets behind the TV's in my living room and master bedroom which have LAN cables connecting them to Android boxes connected to my TV's.

 

Final result: a "hard-wired" internet connection at fiber speed to my TV's and an extended WiFi range thanks to the TP-Link Extender and Adapters.

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This is a slightly different version to mine but the principles are the same.

 

 

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4 Tips and tricks

  • Avoid using wireless. A lot of Android boxes and "sticks" have weak wifi, even those that advertise as being wireless-n. It may be possible to use a USB-to-ethernet dongle on some devices, or even a USB wifi adapter that has a better wifi radio than what is built-in.

 

Read the full article here.

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And to add to what @Jai Dee posted about WiFi,  

 

Note, IF you are using a USB wireless mouse/keyboard you may encounter WiFi/Spread-Spectrum Device cross interference (seen as severe speed and buffering issues) as many USB wireless dongles share the same frequency spectrum as 2.4GHz WiFi.

 

I was wondering why my new H96 Pro android set-top-box was only getting 1.5 ~ 3 mpbs on speed tests, then noticed it got better and worse when I moved the mouse during the test. Initially thought is was a firmware issue but then remembered I'd reset my WiFi Access Point to use WiFi Channel 11.  Not wanting to research a firmware issue I instead tested for a WiFi/Spread-Spectrum frequency conflict by changing the WiFi Access Point to from CH 11 to CH 2 (20/40 width) and the H96 Pro immediately went to 30mbps.  Stupid mouse!

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I am in the process of returning it for a refund and I appreciate those recommendations, that was definitely one of the better looking boxes. My concern with that is the 5.1 android version which is a bit old and apparently cannot support the latest kodi nor be upgraded, but I was hoping to see if anyone had opinions on that. Thank you for the advice as well


Kodi 17 runs on 5.x and above.

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1 minute ago, RichCor said:

And to add to what @Jai Dee posted about WiFi,  

 

Note, IF you are using a USB wireless mouse/keyboard you may encounter WiFi/Spread-Spectrum Device cross interference (seen as severe speed and buffering issues) as many USB wireless dongles share the same frequency spectrum as 2.4GHz WiFi.

Funny you should mention that.

I bought one of those air mouses at a shop in Tukom... you know the ones with the keyboard on the reverse side.

I really liked it as it had a positive feel to every click, not like the spongy feel that the generic remote that came with the box had.

The shop I bought it from also sells Android IPTV boxes, so had quite a number on the shelf for sale.

When I took it home and plugged in the USB dongle, all sound was cut off from my box... really strange as all output from the box went via HDMI to my surround sound receiver, then video to the TV and sound to my speakers.

Pull out the dongle and the sound started again.

I wonder if it had something to do with that 2.4GHz frequency?

In the end I took it back to the shop for a full refund... funny thing is... they replicated the fault in the shop not only with the air mouse I'd been sold, but with 3 others off the shelf!

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Are you committed to Android?

If not, why not consider a minix Z64W?

Needs a keyboard / air mouse of some sort. I'd recommend the minix A2 lite.

Should be able to get one for about 5K plus the mouse.

I've got one and kodi 17 runs perfectly on it.

Might be something to consider.

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Interesting comment in that review... "it seems that you have to type all the time..."

That's why a keyboard or air mouse is an absolute must for a Windows-based media player.

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