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 Post subject: Need recommendation for new wireless router and USB dongle
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:02 pm 

Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:33 pm
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Hi all,

I'm planning to buy a new wireless router and a wireless USB dongle. Here are my requirements:
    Ability for smooth HD playback. mp4 files are stored in a NAS.
    Enough Port Forwarding entries. My current Linksys has only a few and I already ran out of them.

Because of the HD playback it has to be a N router, so here are the ones I'm considering:

I have a netbook which only has G, so is a dual-band router a must?
Also, what type/brand name of USB dongles should I be considering? The dongle will be connected to an HTPC where the HD content will be played-back from the NAS.

Any suggestions and/or recommendations are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

 Post subject: Re: Need recommendation for new wireless router and USB dong
PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:29 am 

Joined: Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:04 am
Posts: 91
Personally, if I was in the market at the moment, I'd find the best deal on the ASUS RT-N16.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6833320038

Looks like an awesome piece of equipment w/ 128MB/32MB of memory/flash and 533MHz processor (clocked @ 480MHz), wireless N (dual-stream, 300mbps), 3x antennas, 4x Gigabit LAN, 2xUSB (HD/flash/print server), QoS, Download Master support up to 300,000 sessions, the works. And to top it off, if you don't like the stock software, you can install either dd-wrt or tomato (preferably TomatoUSB for the USB support). And since ASUS routers use a special recovery mode for firmware updates means they are very hard to brick. Only real knock is that it doesn’t support dual band, strictly 2.4GHz.

So between the stock firmware, dd-rt, and tomato, you pretty much have every option at your disposal. It was selling for $70 shipped @ Newegg this black friday. That’s the lowest I’ve ever seen. It has been around $80 several times over the past few months.

P.S. I noticed several of your own choices included dual band. Just realize those are SELECTABLE rather than SIMULTANEOUS dual band. IOW, it’s one or the other, not both at the same time. Given the concern for your existing wireless G clients, I’m not sure SELECTABLE fits the bill.

As far as wireless USB adapters, I stay away from them since they have a tendency to overheat (due to the form factor) and that can lead to dropped connections. They don’t necessarily have the best antenna solutions either, a double whammy. Yet, many ppl still choose them and have success. My favorite alternative is a wireless ethernet bridge.

[wireless router]<-- wireless -->[wireless ethernet bridge]<-- wire -->[htpc]

So now you can easily place the bridge for best reception, up to 300ft (w/o a repeater) of Ethernet cable! If it’s a dd-wrt or tomato compatible router in bridge mode, you can even connect multiple devices over the switch. Never any compatibility issues either, works w/ virtually anything that has an Ethernet port. It has others advantages you might not even realize, or at least not until you discover you need them. For example, since it connects to your PC’s LAN port, WOL (Wake On LAN) is supported (wireless USB/PCI adapters don't support WOL)! Definitely costs more, but I never use wireless USB adapters for anything unless forced to, or where it would just be completely impractical to use a bridge (e.g., on the road w/ a laptop).

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