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Do you think there's a significant performance and stability difference between these two scenarios:

A: WRT310N (802.11n+DD-WRT) as the router,switch,firewall,wireless access point (normal setting...)

B: WRT310N (802.11n+DD-WRT) as the router, switch, firewall but with wireless off and WRT160N (802.11n) as the access point.

So mainly my WRT310N will be in charge of routing, dmz, forwarding, firewall, service, qos and my WRT160N will be in charge of wireless and encryption.

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In a network of just a few machines you probably won't see any gains.
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I'd run everything off of the 310n, it's a much better unit then the 160n.
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You could do it just for fun...I run an Untangle router with a regular Linksys router used only for an AP. Do I need to? hell no, but it was fun to set up.

It shouldn't hurt your networks performance providing everything is set up right.
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Thank you guys. I'm moving in my new house next week and i'm geeking around with my network setup. I'm also thinking about several access point in my house and stuff like that...
    
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Thank you guys. I'm moving in my new house next week and i'm geeking around with my network setup. I'm also thinking about several access point in my house and stuff like that...

That would be a better solution. Hard wire the 2 wireless routers together on opposite sides of the house for perfect reception throughout your home.
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You have to be carefull with multiple access points though. What can happen is that your NIC can't decide which AP it is getting the strogest signal from and then it will jump from one to another constantly and you will get horible performance from your wireless.

The signals can overlap, but you need to make sure that one is always the strongest. Even then, there will still be little areas where you might have problems. It is really annoying that our break room at my work is one of those areas. I just go to a different break room that in a minute walk away though.
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As long as the routers are configured properly for his situation the auto negotiation between AP shouldn't make any difference nor hurt performance.

Depending on the amount of bluetooth, microwaves, how many walls/floors the signal travels and other wireless access points in your area will determine this setup.

If there is very little interference I would suggest running 5.0ghz with a 40mhz channel to get maximum throughput out of the wireless devices. Just make sure that your pc equipment can work in that frequency.
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You have to be carefull with multiple access points though. What can happen is that your NIC can't decide which AP it is getting the strogest signal from and then it will jump from one to another constantly and you will get horible performance from your wireless.

The signals can overlap, but you need to make sure that one is always the strongest. Even then, there will still be little areas where you might have problems. It is really annoying that our break room at my work is one of those areas. I just go to a different break room that in a minute walk away though.

The proper way to solve that is to get enterprise grade APs, which do auto-client negotiation and client hand off. But they are a bit out of the budget of the average home user just looking for decent reception.
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm;13317934 
You could do it just for fun...I run an Untangle router with a regular Linksys router used only for an AP. Do I need to? hell no, but it was fun to set up.

It shouldn't hurt your networks performance providing everything is set up right.

yeah... i feel ya, im running a m0n0wall box, and a couple dd-wrt boxes for my network, that is just comprised of my computer, laptop, and occasional cr-48....
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