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Topic # 96690 2-Feb-2012 15:38 Send private message

I've got a Dynalink RTA-1025W modem/router which has generally worked quite well for the last four years or so.

We've now got more wireless devices in our house and I find that sometimes things seem slow.  Our wireless devices include:
  • Netbook
  • Laptop
  • Desktop with wireless adaptor
  • Sony TV
  • Wii
  • Android phone
I'm using 802.11g with everything as that's all the modem can support.  However the netbook, desktop and TV all support 802.11n, and the Android phone and laptop are due for an upgrade so they will soon support 802.11n as well.

Most of the devices, except the desktop, are within 

When I first got the TV I tested out the media server functionality by installing TVersity on my desktop and displaying photos on the TV. Everything worked fine when I had the TV plugged into the modem/router via a cable.  When I purchased the Sony wireless adaptor and tried again it now seems very slow navigating between photos (like 30 seconds between each photo).  I'm wondering if the slow down is because both the TV and the desktop are using wireless whereas before one was cabled?

I'm looking at upgrading to a router with 802.11g/n to take advantage of the features that 802.11n offers (better throughput and range).  My questions:

Do you think this would help out my TV/media server slowness?

Are 802.11n routers better than 80.11g at handling several wireless devices at once?

Is there any advantage to a separate modem and router over a combined modem/router?

I'm looking at a TP-Link TD-W8960N.  Comments?

I assume that I can use both 802.11g and 802.11n devices at the same time with a modem that says it supports 802.11g/n?

I have a Panasonic DECT cordless phone. Would this impact on the channel I set the 802.11n router to?

My ISP is Telstra-Clear and the Chorus Service Availability Tool says that I should be getting ADSL2+ and VDSL at my location.

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  Reply # 578300 7-Feb-2012 16:48 Send private message

No one?

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  Reply # 578307 7-Feb-2012 16:54 Send private message

I just upgraded myself.

Went for a Linksys e-3000 at approx $165

B/g/n and will broadcast wifi at 2.4ghz and 5ghz at the same time.
Can also plug a USB hard drive in abd have it available to all on the network (or enable remote FTP To it)





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  Reply # 578309 7-Feb-2012 16:55 Send private message

Btw: I am on cable so that router may not work for you.




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  Reply # 578329 7-Feb-2012 17:46 Send private message

For performance it's advisable to not mix N and G clients on the same frequency.

You either want to get a device capable of simultaneous dual band ie: G clients on 2.4ghz and N clients on 5ghz at the same time or you want a separate access point for 5ghz N clients.

The TP-Link TD-W8960N is a good entry level device but is not simultaneous dual band.



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  Reply # 578367 7-Feb-2012 19:21 Send private message

Ragnor: For performance it's advisable to not mix N and G clients on the same frequency.

You either want to get a device capable of simultaneous dual band ie: G clients on 2.4ghz and N clients on 5ghz at the same time or you want a separate access point for 5ghz N clients.

The TP-Link TD-W8960N is a good entry level device but is not simultaneous dual band.


Thanks for your advice.

Can you recommend a wireless router that can do  simultaneous dual band? 

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  Reply # 578396 7-Feb-2012 19:56 Send private message

Hi, currently if you want dual frequency then I would look at the apple AP products, but to be honest if you want to take a more serious approach, get a decent set of seperate components,

I would do a TD-8840 (not TD-8840T) as a modem, run it in half bridge, then use a Time capsule or Airport Extream as the NAT router and WiFi AP., a cheaper more basic option is the Airport express if 5GHz support and $ is important.

Next option would be the TD-8840 in half bridge once again, then use a Mikrotik RB450 as a router and follow that with one or two UBNT Unifi APs as APs, if you wait around a bit UBNT have a pro version of the unfi on the way that supports both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands.

http://www.gowifi.co.nz/ethernet-adsl/mikrotik-routerboard-rb450.html

http://www.gowifi.co.nz/ubiquiti-networks/ubiquiti-unifi.html

Regardless the above modem, router combo cannot be beat, the RB450 can be had with a case for a futher $30odd and then you have a very capable soho setup, from there wireless AP function is variable.

I guess to me to even use the lineup of TD-8840, RB450, Airport Express would be a good go.

Cyril

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