Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Raleigh, NC, USA
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1) I tend to configure the DHCP servers that I use to only make use of about half of the address range. On my network (192.167.1.x), the DHCP server manages ONLY addresses at x>=100.
2) If it stays in the house and supports wired connections then it gets wired to the network with a static address (x<100) - period. This includes all AV devices that can be wired.
3) If a device must use wireless, then the preference is 5gHz wireless connections wherever possible. Channel chose to minimize overlap with other 5gHz networks in range. 2.4gHz is last resort only.
3) The only devices directly connected to the gigabit LAN ports on the router are gigabit switches.
We have about as complex a home network as you will see. This is with 2 network printers, 2 workstations, 4 laptops, 5 servers, 2 iPads, 4 smartphones (3 android and 1 iPhone), 2 network printers, 3 streaming BD players, a roku-3, a networked TV and AVR, and a HTPC simultaneously connected to the network on many weekends. Many of those times there are 2-3 VPNs plus 3-4 media streams (internal and netflix/vudu/youtube, etc) active simultaneously - sometimes with file downloads going too.
... and no problems. No streaming issues except those issues that originate outside our home. No wireless congestion problems. No DHCP collisions. No flow control problems. Nada.
Display: Panasonic P60UT50 (Plasma)
Speakers: (4) Monitor Audio Silver 9i (Front and Surround), (1) Monitor Audio Silver 12i (Center), (4) Monitor Audio Silver 4i (Rear and Wide), (2) Aperion Audio Bravus II 8d (Subwoofers)
Receiver: Pioneer Elite SC-87 AVR (9.2)
Sources: Oppo BDP-103, Roku 3, Cable...