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post #1 of 22
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Hello smile.gif
My current DIR-655 is nearing it's end and is very unstable.
I need a router that can stream 1080p DLNA and that is good for gaming.

I'm currently leaning towards buying the asus rt-n66u.

All help is appreciated!
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I just picked up the Cisco Linksys EA4500 and it's amazing. WalMart has it for 179.99$. It's a dual band 450+450mbps w/ gigabit router. OR you can get the Cisco Linksys EA3500, which is similar except it's dual band 450+300 and I think retails for ~140$.

Happy routing! smile.gif
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I just picked up the Cisco Linksys EA4500 and it's amazing. WalMart has it for 179.99$. It's a dual band 450+450mbps w/ gigabit router. OR you can get the Cisco Linksys EA3500, which is similar except it's dual band 450+300 and I think retails for ~140$.
Happy routing! smile.gif

Do you stream with it?
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Do you stream with it?
Yes, multiple video/audio like Netflix, 1080p movies/videos, FLAC quality music, and everything but my system is wireless.

Though now that I re-read your OP, I am not sure if it has built in streaming, I thought you meant streaming from a PC to devices, so if that's the case, then I apologize, I do not "stream" using the router.
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thx for your help smile.gif
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Is your DNLA a separate server or do you have a USB HDD plugged into your router?

If the former, then any router will work as DNLA is just broadcasted from the server.
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It's not the former. I have a separate server that sends wirelessly to the router, and the router sends wirelessly to the TV. And my old DIR-655 is really not up for the job.
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Originally Posted by ARIKOmagic View Post

Hello smile.gif
My current DIR-655 is nearing it's end and is very unstable.
I need a router that can stream 1080p DLNA and that is good for gaming.
I'm currently leaning towards buying the asus rt-n66u.
All help is appreciated!


...what adapters do you have?

802.11g
802.11n 2.4GHz - single stream
802.11n 5GHz - single stream
802.11n 2.4GHz - dual stream
802.11n 5GHz - dual stream
802.11n 2.4GHz - triple stream
802.11n 5GHz - triple stream
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post #9 of 22
Keep in mind LAN streaming remains in a switched environment and doesn't touch the router's CPU.

1080p over wireless has never been reliable, personally, although my area is pretty saturated with about 50 AP's.
You might have more luck with 5 GHz and using a 3x3 MIMO setup on both ends of the connection.
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post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by ARIKOmagic View Post

It's not the former. I have a separate server that sends wirelessly to the router, and the router sends wirelessly to the TV. And my old DIR-655 is really not up for the job.

That is the former. Your router it pretty much irrelevant for the DNLA process. The streaming will be between your server and your media player.

The only thing your router might do would be announce the media server. I'm not 100% sure on how uPnP broadcasts. It might use broadcast IPs (which work independent of the router), UDP (again independent of the router) or announce themselves to the gateway. At the very worst, if it's the latter point, then any router (even budget ones) would support it.

Hopefully someone else can explain the process (even if just for my own reference), but the short answer is I wouldn't worry about your DNLA services as they will work smile.gif
Edited by Plan9 - 5/2/12 at 8:07am
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