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Hello,
I have a network at home with a NETGEAR WNR2000-100NAR IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 Wireless-N Router with DD-WRT, a Windows Home Server, a Desktop, and the occassional couple of laptops. The problem is that for some reason my router doesn't even reach to my room, which is 15 feet away (i'm guessing because of the walls or something) and the network becomes very slow because I stream all of my music from my home server, so I think it might be time for an upgrade. What is the fastes router as of now that will provide me with the most bandwidth, distance and speed?
Thanks,
Edited by falven - 4/29/11 at 1:55pm
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the network becomes very slow because I stream all of my music from my home server
You would likely be saturating your available N bandwidth.
All LAN connectivity is at a switched level and is independent of your router's CPU.
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Exactly, there isn't any processing (or barely any) being done with the switching stuff going on. You could be reaching the limit of your wireless N radios (or the limit of Wireless N).
    
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Antenna orientation can have a fairly large effect as well. If your router doesnt have external moveable antennas, try laying it on its side (or standing it up).

Also, with a wireless network, it can only go as fast as the slowest link, so if you have a B device, the entire network must run at B speeds (A limited selection of routers are able to overcome this, but its very rare, and typically use multiple bands).
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if it were the router, i would say buy another one and put it at the problem area, and connect both with an Ethernet cable, so that they are bridged. It extends the wireless of your house and maybe will offload the sluggish WLAN performance. Switches typically are CPU independent. Also, what kind of wireless adapters do all your devices use? Are the Wireless G or all Wireless N, or both?
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if it were the router, i would say buy another one and put it at the problem area, and connect both with an Ethernet cable, so that they are bridged. It extends the wireless of your house and maybe will offload the sluggish WLAN performance. Switches typically are CPU independent. Also, what kind of wireless adapters do all your devices use? Are the Wireless G or all Wireless N, or both?
I only have another linksys g router, which actually seems to have better performance than this n-link one. If I did bridge these routers then I would only get g network speeds.
Also, I get about 9.50 mb/s transfer rates from my desktop to my server which are both on ethernet. why in the world is this so slow???
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I only have another linksys g router, which actually seems to have better performance than this n-link one. If I did bridge these routers then I would only get g network speeds.
Also, I get about 9.50 mb/s transfer rates from my desktop to my server which are both on ethernet. why in the world is this so slow???
Your router only supports 100mbps transfer rates. You need to either buy a new router that supports gigabit connections or a gigabit switch for faster networking. i transfer files to my nas everyday @ 33MB/s-50MB/s with my gigabit switch.
Edited by darksideleader - 5/7/11 at 3:29am
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use a direct cable then?
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