Skip over this post if you’re already highly experienced with wireless networking, or if you want to be amused by my explanation.
The Tablo has both wireless g (2.4GHz) and n (2.4GHz; 5GHz) capability.
Wireless-g maxes out at 54Mbps, in theory.
Since there’s overhead, and it’s half-duplex, it really maxes out at 24Mbps.
Wireless-n maxes out between 150Mbps - 600Mbps, in theory, depending on network adapter, and router.
Since there’s overhead, and it’s also half-duplex, it really maxes out at a little less than half the theoretical maximums, so around 75Mbps - 300Mbps.
So far we’re good.
Doesn’t seem to matter which wireless technology we use, because any of their thruputs in real life should be more than enough to deal with demands.
Now you throw some real world issues…
Metal objects, like refrigerators
My fat head
Wireless interferance from other devices on same wireless requency: microwave oven; neighbor’s wireless router…
We end up with a lot less thruput, and a lot less stability.
What can we do about it?
Choose the best wireless configuration for your environment.
In my house, my Tablo is hardwired, along with a hardwired Roku 4.
I also use a Roku 2 (2015) via wireless-g.
Why not use wireless-n?
Because the signal travels 70 feet thru 3 interior walls, kitchen equipment, bedroom furniture, and my daughter’s head.
Wireless-n won’t work reliably in my environment.
In my mom’s house, her Tablo, and Roku 3 both use wireless-g.
Again, wireless-g was chosen over wireless-n due to distance, and objects between the devices, and the wireless router.
Both setups work great.