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Topic # 67697 7-Sep-2010 09:05 Send private message

Quick question to get fast network speeds for transferring data between my laptop & PC (both Draft G) do I have to upgrade wifi adapters on my laptop and the PC and the network router all to Draft N specification so that all are capable of fast data speeds? Thanks for any help people.

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  Reply # 377401 7-Sep-2010 09:29 Send private message

Wifi isnt ideal for file transfers unfortunately.

You could upgrade to N but theres a few things that have to be taken into consideration (with any Wifi) :

Interference from other devices, concrete walls etc....

A friend of mine has a N based AP and has nothing but problems with it losing signal etc, its not going across a huge range or anything either.




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  Reply # 377405 7-Sep-2010 09:34 Send private message

I am assuming here good old ethernet cable is not gonna work?  Cable is MUCH better than wifi for data transfers




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  Reply # 377407 7-Sep-2010 09:36 Send private message

xpd: Wifi isnt ideal for file transfers unfortunately.

You could upgrade to N but theres a few things that have to be taken into consideration (with any Wifi) :

Interference from other devices, concrete walls etc....

A friend of mine has a N based AP and has nothing but problems with it losing signal etc, its not going across a huge range or anything either.



Thanks xpd, but all I really want to achieve is for example I have an ISO image of avatar on blueray which is a copy of my original which I prefer to keep safe from prying boys who are all under 5y/o. My laptop has the blue ray drive and I want to transfer the 46gb file over wifi to my main PC in the lounge so we can watch it on the bigger screen. Basically I want to stream it from the laptop instead of trying to copy the huge file over if that makes sense - I know it sounds crazy but is it possible?

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  Reply # 377413 7-Sep-2010 09:59 Send private message

I believe Wifi G is enough to do what you want but only if its getting a good signal - what sort of signal do you get at the moment ?

Alternative is buy an external HDD and copy the file onto that and move that where your TV is :)

Which is what I do - streaming to the PS3 via wifi from laptop works, but HiDef stuff just crawls when you want to fast forward/rewind etc - bought a 1TB ext drive and just dump everything on that. Itll be cheaper than upgrading everything to Wifi N.






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  Reply # 377418 7-Sep-2010 10:13 Send private message

xpd: I believe Wifi G is enough to do what you want but only if its getting a good signal - what sort of signal do you get at the moment ?

Alternative is buy an external HDD and copy the file onto that and move that where your TV is :)

Which is what I do - streaming to the PS3 via wifi from laptop works, but HiDef stuff just crawls when you want to fast forward/rewind etc - bought a 1TB ext drive and just dump everything on that. Itll be cheaper than upgrading everything to Wifi N.


Thanks XPD. I can stream DVDfiles no problem as the house is large open plan. HD files however appear but the stutter makes it impossible to endure hence I thought of the wifi N thing.
What you are suggesting is a perfect solution, but I have grown acustom to streaming everything eg recorded tv shows from media centre on my PC to the laptop is a dream especially as the wife hogs the TV. :)

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  Reply # 377419 7-Sep-2010 10:19 Send private message

Streaming HD content? Don't use WiFi then. Good old gigabit cable is what you need. I ended up installing an ethernet cable under the house landing in the lounge and have no problems now.







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  Reply # 377426 7-Sep-2010 10:38 Send private message

freitasm: Streaming HD content? Don't use WiFi then. Good old gigabit cable is what you need. I eneded up installing an ethernet cable under the house landing in the lounge and have no problems now.



Thanks Freitasm, that would be the best short term low cost method to get large files off the laptop I guess. Thanks to all  for your time and input.

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  Reply # 377428 7-Sep-2010 10:43 Send private message

Morning,

When I set up our wireless network here I used a program called netstumbler to search around for other wireless networks. With this I was able to determine what channel they were operating on and choose one for ourselves that was different.

I would have to agree with the other posters here that you cannot beat a wired connection for streaming. We have the PS3 and use PS3 Media Server to stream from our computers.


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  Reply # 377435 7-Sep-2010 10:53 Send private message

jbmoocs:
freitasm: Streaming HD content? Don't use WiFi then. Good old gigabit cable is what you need. I eneded up installing an ethernet cable under the house landing in the lounge and have no problems now.



Thanks Freitasm, that would be the best short term low cost method to get large files off the laptop I guess. Thanks to all  for your time and input.


Yup, thats the other alternative :) I do have cable running between lounge, kitchen and garage but cable dosent reach where the laptop is hence why i was using Wifi at the time.




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  Reply # 377437 7-Sep-2010 10:56 Send private message

jbmoocs:
freitasm: Streaming HD content? Don't use WiFi then. Good old gigabit cable is what you need. I eneded up installing an ethernet cable under the house landing in the lounge and have no problems now.



Thanks Freitasm, that would be the best short term low cost method to get large files off the laptop I guess. Thanks to all  for your time and input.


Running a cable will be cheaper if you can DIY it but it may be difficult depending on how comfortable with DIY you are and whether you can get under the floor or go via the ceiling etc.

Homeplug networking over the power wiring in your house is another options
http://www.dynalink.co.nz/products/ethernet-over-power/np201av

A little bit pricey though ~$150-200
http://www.gearbot.co.nz/store_products/search/np201av/

Dynalink also have some new products aimed at networking for home entertainment
http://www.dynalink.co.nz/products/ethernet-over-power/np202wn
http://www.dynalink.co.nz/products/ethernet-over-power/np203



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  Reply # 377538 7-Sep-2010 14:41 Send private message

Ragnor:
jbmoocs:
freitasm: Streaming HD content? Don't use WiFi then. Good old gigabit cable is what you need. I eneded up installing an ethernet cable under the house landing in the lounge and have no problems now.



Thanks Freitasm, that would be the best short term low cost method to get large files off the laptop I guess. Thanks to all  for your time and input.


Running a cable will be cheaper if you can DIY it but it may be difficult depending on how comfortable with DIY you are and whether you can get under the floor or go via the ceiling etc.

Homeplug networking over the power wiring in your house is another options
http://www.dynalink.co.nz/products/ethernet-over-power/np201av

A little bit pricey though ~$150-200
http://www.gearbot.co.nz/store_products/search/np201av/

Dynalink also have some new products aimed at networking for home entertainment
http://www.dynalink.co.nz/products/ethernet-over-power/np202wn
http://www.dynalink.co.nz/products/ethernet-over-power/np203



Many thanks for this info Ragnor you're right I hate cables and remains superfluous to my requirements as I predominantly want the freedom to be anywhere around the house & access files. The wife loves the 'tidy wire' philosophy these days anyway. My media centre pc consists of 1 power & 1 hdmi cord to the tv all the rest is wi-fi and HDD storage.  

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