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OK. So I have dumped Dish and going with strictly OTA and Online content.

I have upgraded my broadband from 5Mbps to 7Mbps.

I am now upgrading my Home Network so I can get a better online experience for HTPC.


I am having problems finding a good, stable router.


I originally tried the D-Link router (dual band, wireless N) and dual band USB adapter, but did not do my homework properly. D Link made it sound like you could have the HTPC on N at 5Ghz while the rest of the devices could be B, G or N on 2.4Ghz. I later discovered you can only have one freq. active at a time. Futhermore, the signal strength was just not that good (I am only going about 50 feet from upstairs to down. Not direct line of sight, but it is a pretty open floor plan.


Therefore, those both went back and I picked up the Linksys Gbit wireless N router.


Worked great for a short while, but keeps dropping network connections. Seems to be a common problem with this router from looking online. Updated the f/w with 3rd party and it got quite a bit better, but still dropping network connections once a day.


My previous experiences with Netgear were not that great. My Linksys G router worked great. I was hoping for the same experience with this new one, but not so.


User Reviews of the Trendnet and other linksys routers are not all that positive.


Therefore, my question to all of you, is there a good, stable Gbit wireless N router out there?


Belkin, Netgear, etc?
 

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Good range through walls and floors?
 

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What are you using to connect on the other end?
 

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Not really. No clean way to run a wire from my upstairs game room where the router, cable modem and all my PCs sit to my living room where my HTPC sits.
 

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I use Linksys WRT54G to host my net connection, and an Apple Airport Extreme combined with Airport Express to run my HTPC's wirelessly.


Set the Airport Extreme to 5GHz 802.11n wide channels, and set the Airport Express to extend the network - essentially acting as a wireless client.


Works beautifully.
 

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I am trying to keep the network relatively simple architecture. This is part for my own personal needs, but more a science experiment for work.


The end goal is to figure out what the full HTPC end experience needs to be before it can go mainstream. Once I have the right formula, I can help drive solutions manufacturers to develop the right solutions and help grow the HTPC market overall.
 
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