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Hey All,


I am needing to buy a new wireless router, the one i have is going fast. I was wondering what everyone is using. This will have a few laptops and 2 computers, a tivo and tvix attached to it. Also a second switch.


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Take a look at the D-Link RangeBooster N 650 Router.


It's 802.11n, which isn't a final standard yet, so current gear isn't guaranteed to work with future products. But I think it's safe to buy one now--they've been fairly stable, allow for firmware upgrades, are backwards compatible with 802.11 a, b, and g, and are faster/better.
 

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Apple Airport Extreme is the best one I've ever used and I've tried almost all of them.
 

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good info. Correct me if i am wrong, N is for wireless right? Faster wireless is great, though i think we are a little ways out from highdef constant streaming. All off my non laptops are wired, so is there anything to look for in that? Or is a router a router for wired?
 

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Originally Posted by chris98007 /forum/post/12955557


good info. Correct me if i am wrong, N is for wireless right? Faster wireless is great, though i think we are a little ways out from highdef constant streaming. All off my non laptops are wired, so is there anything to look for in that? Or is a router a router for wired?

Yep, 802.11n is wireless.


For your wired devices check to see if they support gigabit Ethernet, it may say something like 10/100/1000. If they do support this you can get a router with GigE support. The new version of the Apple Airport Extreme has 802.11n and GigE.
 

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well, the pcs will. Though the Tvix and tivo do not. Tvix new 6500 does not support 1000. hmm so i guess other then wireless, i gain no speed.
 

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Another thing to keep in mind is that wireless standards don't just address speed. For example 802.11G & 802.11A both run at 54Mbps, but can offer very different performance with video. With 802.11n you may gain more than just speed.
 

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Originally Posted by chris98007 /forum/post/12955741


well, the pcs will. Though the Tvix and tivo do not. Tvix new 6500 does not support 1000. hmm so i guess other then wireless, i gain no speed.

Well, you need two to tango: upgrading a router to 11n won't give you better performance if your laptops are still using 11g adapters; the same as you recognized yourself with Gigabit and 100 Mbps.

11n promises also a better area coverage - up to 6x. But I tested D-Link DIR-655 for this very purpose and didn't get an single extra inch.

What might really interest you is QoS (Quality of Service) - when router recognizes streaming media (video, VOIP, game, ...) and assings its packets higher priority to make it smooth. But implementations are not equal.
 

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Originally Posted by ptsenter /forum/post/12958929


Implementations depend on brand, model, firmware version. Check these sites:

www.smallnetbuilder.com
www.practicallynetworked.com


On other side they praise DIR-655, but it did nothing for me.

I use DIR-655 too and QoS works very well. Don't forget that aside from automatic settings, you can add custom rules too and give a particular rule a priority from 1 to 255 (1 being highest priority). So you can set up certain ports (like **********) to be low priority or prioritize certain IPs, etc. It's also pretty easy to do with D-Link's config tool.
 

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thanks all for the good tips. Seems that QOS is going to me more important then any speed gain for wired conenctions.


Whats the deal with netgear? You know i bought a wrt624 way back when they forst came out. 108 speed was the thing to get at the time. Now this router has lasted many years, but know i have to upplug it every now and again to get it to work. Now it seems that netgear is not that good? what happened?
 
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