I'm a developer by trade, but when it comes to any kind of networking issue, I'm a pig on roller skates. Here's my dilemma:
I'm considering eliminating my TV cable service and making my television viewing entirely Netflix etc. In other words, I want to go with either the Amazon Fire Stick or Apple TV. Both of which require solid, consistent internet service.
At this point, my WiFi is not especially good. By that I mean, sometimes when you go to access Netflix, you'll have to restart the Wii in order to properly connect. Another example would this morning I was ordering some tickets and suddenly, the internet quit. By that I mean the connection was interrupted.
First off, how do I test the quality of my signal? I've read some about some apps that I can download such as "Network Analyzer Pro" and others. What do I need? What do they do and what conclusions can I draw from their readouts? However obvious those questions may be, what I'm wanting to determine is whether or not these apps will tell me whether or not I need a new router.
Secondly, what is your take on the Amazon Stick vs Apple TV?
Finally, do I need either of those devices if I purchase a smart TV?
Bottom line: How do I diagnose my WiFi and what's the best approach to take if I want to eliminate cable and pursue a purely internet based programming for my TV viewing?