Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:16 Post subject: New Product - Need Help
I could really use a quality product recommendation from the people who know best (that's you DD-WRT geniuses ).
As of now, I am currently using a WRN160Nv3 (with the latest eko build) for my home-based business.
I also use this router for:
1. streaming videos from PC's to XBOX360 for entertainment purposes,
2. Sharing my Multi-Function-Laser printer on my home network
3. Sharing my three HD-DVR's with DirectTV (more video streaming)
4. playing some video games (at times)
With the right settings (BGMixed Mode & WPA Security), I am able to maximize my internet speed when connected wirelessly. This seems to be working great (for the present) when routing just the internet. Playing games and brousing the web wirelessly works great. It's the streaming where I run into trouble.
I have two issues with this and some reasons why (I believe) I need a new router.
1. The first major problem I am having with this router (WRN160Nv3) is that it seems to get overloaded when wirelessly streaming videos (from PC to 360) or (from DVR to DVR). While doing this, the router gets overworked and re-starts on me. This is always a big hassle. I can't have that. So, I think I may need a router with a little more power. Would I need a device with more RAM?
I also have some plans to add two more network capabilities;
1. I want to add some Network storage through my router, where I can pull my work files from a hard drive (or storage device) connected to the router. I want to work on and edit files from one place using multiple computers. A router that seems to be of quality and offers external network storage (by connecting a USB storage server or hard drive) would be the Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH which gets good reviews here. I was considering purchasing this tomorrow.
2. But, I also want to create a separate guest network that provides internet access only to guests, but doesn't allow them to access my main network (storage files, printers, even music and videos). I was wondering if I could use my WRN160N (connected to the WZR-HP-G300NH) to create a separate network that serves my internet from the Buffalo router..
3. Finally, in the next few weeks, I am planning on setting up a VPN from my home-office which would allow me to access my network storage from another network. Would I still be able to do this with the (WZR-HP-G300NH)?
I apologize if I sound like a big networking novice. This forum has always educated me while providing the networking solutions I need and answering me questions. Everything from you guys has been great. This is why I have donated money here. I just want to take it a step further. I also want to buy a product recommended by DD-WRT experts (for a change) and of course fix my current issues.
So, if anyone can provide me with a good suggestions for products to purchase (or any other advice you can offer me), I would really appreciate your time and effort.
A big advance "Thank-You" to anyone who will reply to this thread.
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Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:36 Post subject:
1) Wireless-N streaming is one of the hardest things on the router currently
Something to do with the state of the drivers - they're just not performing that great
Really, you have to give it time
Wireless-G has been around for YEARS
Wireless-N will get better, but will take time to get to the stability G has
2) I would setup a separate router to perform this function
Go into the Atheros forum and read up on the WZR-HP-G300NH
I have one, I like it, but it can be very picky at times
3) I would look into an Asus RT-N16 for your main router
Seems really stable, wireless is performing well, lots of flash and RAM
It has 2 USB ports for storage and/or printer
As far as network sharing over the router - READ the forums
LOTS of people have been doing testing on this
It does work currently, but the transfer rate is NOT the greatest
You would be MUCH better off having a specific PC with USB-2 drives
attached, and a Gigabit connect to the main AP router, sharing files
NAS drives on routers right now, performance is OK, but NOT great.
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2x Asus RT-N16 - Asuswrt-Merlin 18.104.22.168.376.43
Belkin F7D3302 - Toastman Tomato USB VPN 1.28.7505
Linksys E3000 - Toastman Tomato USB VPN 1.28.7505
2x Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH V1 - OpenWRT Chaos Calmer 45860
2x Engenius ESR900 - Stock Firmware 1.4.0 / OpenWRT Chaos Calmer 45860
TP-Link WR1043ND V1.8 - Gargoyle 1.7.1
I use my routers in a similar way. I've got a wrt610nv1 as the main router. I stream video over n-only at 5GHz to 2 locations and use g/n mixed @ 2.4ghz for pc networking. I also have a wrt160nv3 to extend the range of the 2.4 ghz.
> wrt160nv3 to extend the range of the 2.4 ghz
> How exactly do you do this?
I have a (non ddwrt) belkin "ethernet converter" acting as a wireless bridge for the 5GHz. The media kit is all wired into this. I also wire in the wrt160nv3 and set it up as an access point (different ssid and channel to the main router) to cover the back of the house.
You can also use various bridging and repeater technologies like WDS which works nicely too.
I took your advice and purchased the Asus RT-N16 and I am still having the same problem. Whenever I try to play a video from my laptop on my 360, the router reboots and everyone temporarly loses connection until the router starts back up.
I tried the following DD-WRT firmware files;
Using all three of them, I am having the same problem.
Should I go back to the Linksys e3000. I really didn't get a chance to test that one as I bricked it before I had chance to try it out.