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SaoFeng
08-08-2010, 02:28 PM
i just got a new home, about 3000 sq ft, 2 stories.

i will be running 2 xbox's, ps3, wii, and several laptops off the router.

i do lots of gaming and bit torrent.....

my wife does a lot of netflix streaming...

so...what do you guys recommend?

i was reading the forums and it seems people recommend the:
BUFFALO WZR-HP-G300NH

thanks in advance!

Jhatfie
08-08-2010, 02:55 PM
i just got a new home, about 3000 sq ft, 2 stories.

i will be running 2 xbox's, ps3, wii, and several laptops off the router.

i do lots of gaming and bit torrent.....

my wife does a lot of netflix streaming...

so...what do you guys recommend?

i was reading the forums and it seems people recommend the:
BUFFALO WZR-HP-G300NH

thanks in advance!

My home setup:
Wireless: Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, HTPC, Son's computer (E8400), Toshiba Satellite laptop
Gigabit: Windows Home Server, My Gaming computer

I had the BUFFALO WZR-HP-G300NH and I had lots of issues with it, range being one of them, among several other things. I sold it and purchased the Netgear WNDR3700 which I like a lot more. Far better range and great signal in every room of my 2500 sq/ft, 3 story home. With the Buffalo I would barely get any signal in my son's bedroom on the third floor, now with the Netgear he can stream HD video with no issues. Often my son will be gaming/streaming, daughter streaming HD video and wife surfing/downloading and almost never have any issues.

I also tried the D-Link DIR-825, which I liked okay feature wise, but like the Buffalo it had poor signal to portions of my house, so based on the size of your home I'd be skeptical of it.

boomhower
08-08-2010, 08:23 PM
I would suggest a dual band router. Use MS N adapters for the 360's and a 5Ghz bridge for the PS3 to handle the streaming. Then use the 2.4Ghz for the rest of the equipment. This is the set-up I use and love it. Even if you aren't streaming off a server 5Ghz really benefits you just by getting out of the crowded 2.4Ghz band. I use a server to stream off of so I benefit a bit more but I really do think the added bandwidth and less crowded band are worth it.

JackMDS
08-08-2010, 09:26 PM
There is no one unit that will sustain all of you activities, you will have to use as much as possible wire and leave the lite work for the Wireless.

Thus the Wireless Router should be decided upon after you design the total topology


:cool:.

SaoFeng
08-09-2010, 03:08 AM
well my fiancee will not allow any wires to be run around in the house....and i can't run wires in the walls...so my xbox 360's and ps3, and wii, will all be on my wireless network.

the computers can be wired in....just my laptop would be on wireless.

ecom
08-09-2010, 03:09 AM
i just got a new home, about 3000 sq ft, 2 stories.

i will be running 2 xbox's, ps3, wii, and several laptops off the router.

i do lots of gaming and bit torrent.....

my wife does a lot of netflix streaming...


All this at the same time? In the same room? How many people are in thehouse?

If you have multiple devices in the same room running at the same time, you may considered using additional home wifi router appliances as client bridges to reduce the number of devices directly on wireless.

Heck, for 1000sq ft, I'm running two APs and both are connected via 100Mbps Ethernet. They have the same SSID and clients can hop between them but it's not true seamless roaming but the client can still hop between APs.

I find that P2P has a tendency to slow down my 802.11g wireless significantly even though it is bound by the much slower 6Mbps internet connection.

ecom
08-09-2010, 03:10 AM
Do you have unfinished basement or attic in which wires can be run?

SaoFeng
08-09-2010, 10:58 AM
no basement here -- i'm in california.

the most i would run at the same time is some light bittorrent, and an xbox streaming netflix. maybe my woman's laptop surfing facebook. haha

boomhower
08-09-2010, 02:12 PM
If your going to be torrenting and streaming at the same time you are going to need good QoS whichdd-wry is very good at.

IndyColtsFan
08-09-2010, 10:20 PM
My house is roughly the same size as yours, and I have a D-Link DIR-655 that covers the entire house and well into my back yard as well. I have it located in my man cave on the second floor, next to a wall in the interior of the home. I have a DAP-1522 AP/bridge operating in bridge mode in my entertainment center downstairs, and there is an Xbox hardwired into it. In addition to that, we have a Wii and a couple of laptops that connect wirelessly. Everything else is hardwired.

I'd go for a dual band router if I were you. I think the DIR-665 is the dual band model of the DIR-655.