Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


Piscator

27 posts

Geek


#80549 1-Apr-2011 09:24
Send private message

I'm not the smartest cookie in the Jar so pls bear with me.
I've just started playing with Win7 Homegroup, we currently have two Laptops in the group using an old Xtra-supplied D-Link G604T wireless which for us has performed very reliably despite other opinions I have come across.

Would updating the router help improve the performance of the network, watching video is a little painful.

If so, any recommendations as to what to look for in a new router?

Create new topic
freitasm
BDFL - Memuneh
68854 posts

Uber Geek

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  #454049 1-Apr-2011 09:27
Send private message

It depends on how your network is bein used. If you have two PCs connected to the router and one of them is doing some heavy transfer, the router may get overloaded - cheaper ones can't always handle too many connections and packets.

If you just want things to flow faster internally check that both your PCs have gigabit ethernet adapters. If they have, perhaps adding a gigabit switch would make internal LAN traffic faster...

 




 

 

These links are referral codes

 

Geekzone broadband switch | Eletcricity comparison and switch | Hatch investment (NZ$ 10 bonus if NZ$100 deposited within 30 days) | Sharesies | Mighty Ape | Backblaze | Coinbase | TheMarket | My technology disclosure


Oldhat
172 posts

Master Geek


  #454067 1-Apr-2011 09:46
Send private message

As freitasm mentioned, a gigabit ethernet would definitely improve the file transfers for the internal network. If you are looking at wireless communication there are more capable routers than the dlink dsl604 available now.

You could possibly look at upgrading the dlink to a router that has gigabit ethernet ports and supports n300 for the wireless.

 
 
 
 


freitasm
BDFL - Memuneh
68854 posts

Uber Geek

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  #454070 1-Apr-2011 09:49
Send private message

A gigabit router with wireless N will be a bit more expensive than just a gigabit switch. If your problem is not external traffic, the switch is ideal.

Having said that, the DLink router is the very low end of the performance, really.





 

 

These links are referral codes

 

Geekzone broadband switch | Eletcricity comparison and switch | Hatch investment (NZ$ 10 bonus if NZ$100 deposited within 30 days) | Sharesies | Mighty Ape | Backblaze | Coinbase | TheMarket | My technology disclosure


timmmay
16529 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #454083 1-Apr-2011 10:18
Send private message

Are you talking about watching video from PC to PC, or from youtube or similar website?

Is it slow when you're plugged into the network, or just over wireless?

Piscator

27 posts

Geek


  #454096 1-Apr-2011 10:38
Send private message

Thanks for the responses.

Some clarification.

All connections are wireless so I assume getting gigabit ethernet won't make any difference.

The issue I noticed last night was PC to PC video transfer, our general download speed is okish but nothing startling.

So going wireless N300 would help?

timmmay
16529 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #454097 1-Apr-2011 10:40
Send private message

Any wireless N router will speed you up heaps. Check the various threads for recommendations of wireless routers, TP Link seem to have a good name around here.

cldlr76
289 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #454353 1-Apr-2011 20:30
Send private message

It will also depend on your network cards.  if they are only b/g then you won't get the full benefit of N

 
 
 
 


Piscator

27 posts

Geek


  #454890 3-Apr-2011 19:30
Send private message

I have purchased a netger n300 Wireless gigabit ADSL2+ modem  router, model DGN3500. really didn't investigate it too much except it seemed to be an all in one box solution which sounded simpler for me and so far it has been relatively straight forward.

A few more questions because i really don't understand the finer details.

What speeds should I expect files to transfer at from laptop to laptop, both running Win7 and how do i check it. One laptop has connected to the network @ 130Mbps the other @ 150?

I set the router WAN mode settings to run @ 270Mbps from the drop down box (any reason why 300 wasn't available as it states on the box "up to 300Mbps ")

I have also connected a usb HDD to the router, would transfer speeds be any different if I connect to routers gigabit ethernet (laptop has a gigabit ethernet card) or if I connect the USb HDD directly to the laptop? I'm assuming both the above will be quicker than transfering via the WAN.

Any suggestions as to the best way I should set up the home network would be greatly appreciated, my thoughts are to store all media on the USB HDD and share it all from there, will this work with itunes, one source of music with multiple laptops using it?

thanks

richms
23681 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #454947 4-Apr-2011 00:13
Send private message

5-6MB/sec is what I would expect wireless to wired, and less than that wireless to wireless.

My experiance with sharing from a router that allowed for sharing was just frustrating and the DSL connection going to crap when moving lots of stuff on or off the drive. CPU in those things is hardly fast. Perhaps look at a separate ethernet NAS for the USB drive so you are not chewing up router CPU looking after a couple of terabytes of drive with a quarter million files on it etc




Richard rich.ms

Create new topic





News »

Huawei introduces new features to Petal Search, Maps and Docs
Posted 26-Oct-2020 18:05


Nanoleaf enhances lighting line with launch of Triangles and Mini Triangles
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:18


Synology unveils DS16211+
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:12


Ingram Micro introduces FootfallCam to New Zealand channel
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:06


Dropbox adopts Virtual First working policy
Posted 17-Oct-2020 19:47


OPPO announces Reno4 Series 5G line-up in NZ
Posted 16-Oct-2020 08:52


Microsoft Highway to a Hundred expands to Asia Pacific
Posted 14-Oct-2020 09:34


Spark turns on 5G in Auckland
Posted 14-Oct-2020 09:29


AMD Launches AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors
Posted 9-Oct-2020 10:13


Teletrac Navman launches integrated multi-camera solution for transport and logistics industry
Posted 8-Oct-2020 10:57


Farmside hits 10,000 RBI customers
Posted 7-Oct-2020 15:32


NordVPN starts deploying colocated servers
Posted 7-Oct-2020 09:00


Google introduces Nest Wifi routers in New Zealand
Posted 7-Oct-2020 05:00


Orcon to bundle Google Nest Wifi router with new accounts
Posted 7-Oct-2020 05:00


Epay and Centrapay partner to create digital gift cards
Posted 2-Oct-2020 17:34









Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.