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brjoon1021
2007-07-20, 21:08
I have an SB3 that I have not yet installed. My cable modem is in my office probably 35 feet or so and three walls away from where the Squeezebox will be. I could have an electrician run cat 5 cable or I could buy a wireless G, draft N, pre-N, N draft 2.0 wireless router. I am seeking your sage advice. I searched the forum and found that at least a couple of guys were of the opinion that the wireless route always has trouble. As a third option, I could split the difference and place the wireless router roughly halfway between the office and the squeezebox thereby getting at least one or maybe two of the walls and about 25 of the distance made up with cat 5 cable.

Finally, which wireless router has given you no trouble with your squeezebox or transporter (make and model, please)? I just read a good review of the just-released draft-n 2.0 routers (2.0 is touted as a big improvement), the D-Link model here:

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=40314

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30087/96/

Thanks,

B.

SuperQ
2007-07-20, 22:09
Wireless is fine most of the time. I would NOT go with draft N.. it will no be an improvement over 11g with the squeezebox. The squeezebox can only talk 11g.

I would probably get something like:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124010
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122022
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127073

It's a good idea to have a box between you and the nasty interwebs anyway. :-)

JJZolx
2007-07-20, 22:50
I have an SB3 that I have not yet installed. My cable modem is in my office probably 35 feet or so and three walls away from where the Squeezebox will be. I could have an electrician run cat 5 cable or I could buy a wireless G, draft N, pre-N, N draft 2.0 wireless router. I am seeking your sage advice. I searched the forum and found that at least a couple of guys were of the opinion that the wireless route always has trouble. As a third option, I could split the difference and place the wireless router roughly halfway between the office and the squeezebox thereby getting at least one or maybe two of the walls and about 25 of the distance made up with cat 5 cable.

Finally, which wireless router has given you no trouble with your squeezebox or transporter (make and model, please)?

Solid wireless networks are commonly run in environments with many intervening walls, and 35 feet should be child's play. That said, and knowing the cost of an electrician (actually, if you can find a phone/network cabling installer in your area, he's almost certain to be cheaper than using a licensed electrician) I would at least try the wireless approach for a week or two and return or sell the router if it doesn't work out for you.

I've used a couple D-Link DWL-2100AP's, one at work and one at home (fairly inexpensive on eBay these days) and both have worked well. Unfortunately, for every glowing review of a particular wireless router I'm sure you'll find at least an equal number of reports of failure and frustration. So take any recommendation with a grain of salt.

Siduhe
2007-07-21, 04:53
Finally, which wireless router has given you no trouble with your squeezebox or transporter (make and model, please)?

You may find the recent "which router" thread of help. My contribution is here (http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?p=212596#post212596).

brjoon1021
2007-07-21, 07:11
Thanks guys.

I even searched for "which router" and I can't find that thread. Can you link it, please ?

I kind of feel like these purchases are at the worst possible time. The SB4 will probably be out in the near future with compliance for the N standard and I will have paid top dollar for everything spotty.

pfarrell
2007-07-21, 07:21
brjoon1021 wrote:
> I kind of feel like these purchases are at the worst possible time. The
> SB4 will probably be out in the near future with compliance for the N
> standard and I will have paid top dollar for everything spotty.

No one has any clue when the SB4 will come out.
Or, no one who talks knows, and no one who knows is talking.

Contrary to what the router vendors claim, the N standard is not going
to be a standard for at least a year, probably two. If you want real
info on the process and timetable, go to the IEEE site.
After all it is the IEEE 802.11n standard.


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Pat
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bflatmajor
2007-07-21, 08:55
my linksys wrt54gs seems to meet all my needs.

Mark Lanctot
2007-07-21, 10:26
I kind of feel like these purchases are at the worst possible time. The SB4 will probably be out in the near future with compliance for the N standard and I will have paid top dollar for everything spotty.

There's no reason to have a music streaming device to be 802.11n compatible. It simply doesn't need the bandwidth and having an 802.11g device on the network will not slow the whole network down like an 802.11b device on a 802.11g network (I think).

The only thing you can benefit from is MIMO, but that technology is in the router and it's available for 802.11g as well.

And in regards to wired/wireless, you can't beat good ol' copper...if you can hardwire it, you should. You'll never have to worry about a new hacking vulnerability, you'll never have to worry about interference from cordless phones and microwave ovens, and you'll never have to worry that your neighbour will install a more powerful wireless AP which will blow your signal away. Plus wireless routers usually come with 4 wired ports, so you can still use other wireless devices.

In regards to routers, my Linksys WRT54G with DD-WRT firmware has been rock-solid with 1 SB2, 1 Transporter and one wireless laptop, plus another wired PC and a network-wired printer. Get the "WRT54GL" if you want the equivalent, not a current WRT54G.