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Krobb
2006-01-04, 11:00
So, I'm planning to build my own home network, where I can play my music from the server (on: 24/7) and listen to music, store my stuff.

Here is a simple drawing what I thinking about:

http://www.fw.hu/krobb/Krobb_HomeNetwork-SlimDevice.jpg

I ticked what I got. The question is what kind of router I need for this, and what to look for (as important router features) in this case.
I'm going to use the Server for seeding in BitTorrent too.




At the moment my nominees for the router are:

ASUS WL-500g Deluxe (http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?modelmenu=2&model=359&l1=12&l2=43&l3=0)
Netgear RangeMax Wireless Router (http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WPN824.php)
USRobotics Wireless MAXg Router (http://www.usr-emea.com/support/s-prod-template.asp?loc=emea&prod=5461)
Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router (http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?childpagename=US%2FLayout&packedargs=c%3DL_Product_C2%26cid%3D1126536698937&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper)

What's your opinion? What do you suggest for me? (anything can be changed in this setup, it's not fixed)

Cheers,

::Krobb::

dean
2006-01-04, 11:20
Hey Krobb,

Looks like a good start. I'd add the Belkin Pre-N router to your
list, I've had great results with it, the range is the best I've seen.

Looking at your drawing, the USB hard drive will likely need to be
attached to one of the computers directly, probably the Media File
Server.

Also, how far away is the Squeezebox on the bottom of the drawing?
You may be able to use a single router to reach that other player
rather than buy a second.

-dean

On Jan 4, 2006, at 10:00 AM, Krobb wrote:

>
> So, I'm planning to build my own home network, where I can play my
> music
> from the server (on: 24/7) and listen to music, store my stuff.
>
> Here is a simple drawing what I thinking about:
>
> [image: http://www.fw.hu/krobb/Krobb_HomeNetwork-SlimDevice.jpg]
>
> I ticked what I got. The question is what kind of router I need for
> this, and what to look for in this case.
> I'm going to use the Server for seeding in BitTorrent too.
>
>
>
>
> At the moment my nominees for the router are:
>
> 'ASUS WL-500g Deluxe'
> (http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?
> modelmenu=2&model=359&l1=12&l2=43&l3=0)
> 'Netgear RangeMax Wireless Router'
> (http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WPN824.php)
> 'USRobotics Wireless MAXg Router'
> (http://www.usr-emea.com/support/s-prod-template.asp?
> loc=emea&prod=5461)
> 'Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router' (http://tinyurl.com/budea)
>
> What's your opinion? What do you suggest for me? (anything can be
> changed in this setup, it's not fixed)
>
> Cheers,
>
> ::Krobb::
>
>
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>
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> HiFi) | Dension DMP3 (in car) | Squeezebox3 (home, not yet)
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snarlydwarf
2006-01-04, 11:43
I'm not sure what the point of 'remote access point' is...

Depending on the location of 'Wireless Router' and other issues (microwaves, cordless phones, moon phase, sacrificial goats) it may or may not be necessary to have a 2nd wireless point for that SB. You may want to try it without the AP first and see if it works without it.

I know AP's aren't spendy these days, but I'm a tightwad, and that's enough of a savings for a couple more CDs....

Krobb
2006-01-04, 13:20
Hey!

@ dean:

Thanks, I'll check out that Belkin too.
Some of the routers has usb2 connection, so it may or may not go (entitled as optional though).
The remote access point and the SB is quite far and thick walls are also in the way...


@ snarlydwarf:

The remote access point will be of course it'll be a second step investment (if needed when the router's antenna is not enough)

___________

So my question is still: which is the best router to buy?

Kyle
2006-01-04, 14:25
Hey Krobb,

Looks like a good start. I'd add the Belkin Pre-N router to your
list, I've had great results with it, the range is the best I've seen.


I'll second the vote on the Belkin Pre-N. I had a D-Link b-series router and upgraded to Linksys g-series without much improvement in range. The Belkin Pre-N was worlds ahead of the Linksys (which I returned to the store). It works very nicely (at a 45% signal) with my SB3, which is about 50 feet and several walls away.

mbg
2006-01-04, 16:53
Some of the routers has usb2 connection, so it may or may not go (entitled as optional though).

I would investigate this a bit more before you go ahead with it... a lot of the USB <-> Ethernet storage adapters have very bad reviews. I'm currently using a Linksys NLSU2. I've only had it for one day, but I can already tell that it's a piece of crap, but I guess it works. I currently have SlimServer running on a Media Center PC, which uses CIFS to mount the USB drives on the NSLU2 and stream the music from a UNC path on the SlimServer. It works, and it's cheap, but it feels flimsy in all respects (in operation and construction).

And, the NSLU2 is incredibly slow compared to what SHOULD be expected. And, worse, it seems to have the best reviews (though not universally good) of the affordable USB <-> Ethernet storage adapters. Netgear and D-Link have similar solutions and they almost universally receive bad reviews.

A router with a USB port will be a different incarnation of a solution like what these devices employ. Some have USB ports just to transport wireless configuration between PCs and the router. Some have USB ports to function as print servers. The existence of a USB port on a router doesn't necessarily mean you can plug in a hard drive, as far as I know...

Krobb
2006-01-04, 22:29
... a lot of the USB <-> Ethernet storage adapters have very bad reviews. The USB connection is not for fast, everyday access for files (could be just a printing port in the future).

I'll have my media files on the Linux Server (RAID 1 or 5 / min 1 TiB capacity).

So I'm sure what I need except the router (functions, pros, cons, what to look for before I buy). Any help in that is appreciated.

Cheers :)

richidoo
2006-01-05, 08:56
I can vouch that the Linksys is not great for distance. But it is easy to config and reliable.