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So at the moment im using some generic dse home router with wifi my network set up is as follows

1x- laptop
1x-desktop (admin for network hosts shared drives)
1x-xbox 360
1x-iphone
1xtablet pc
1x-other smart phone.

All of the above is connected via wifi

So I use the xbox 360 to watch most movies and things like that but at the moment i can only stream 720p quality movies if im lucky even then it pauses. I also have to make sure there is only a small amount of "other" network traffic as even a download doing 20kbps will cause any streaming regardless of quality to pause and screw up.

Transferring files- I do this with all devices and sometimes I need to transfer 20GB at a time I have given up on this as doing this over wifi means I can only get a max of 1MBps or less.

The router I currently use drops the adsl alot and it either comes back after 5 min or you have to reset the router and all is well.

If im playing a game and someone decides to start reading the news or checking facebook my ping is effected dramatically.

So If someone can help me decide on the best solution to all of these problems it will be much appreciated I was looking at getting the asus RT-N66U router but not sure if there is a better option.

p.s I will be adding a server to this network as soon as I get one up and running.
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post #2 of 15
The Asus is a fine choice smile.gif
Although devices that are the server for streaming media ought to be connected via wire.
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The Asus is a fine choice smile.gif
Although devices that are the server for streaming media ought to be connected via wire.

i agree^^, it is a very nice router indeed and well reviewed
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/31687-asus-rt-n66u-dark-knight-dual-band-wireless-n900-gigabit-router-reviewed
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/bar/67-5-ghz-dn-40
scores pretty much at or close to the top on the wireless charts across the board but i agree about you should should use a wired connection smile.gif
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i agree^^, it is a very nice router indeed and well reviewed
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/31687-asus-rt-n66u-dark-knight-dual-band-wireless-n900-gigabit-router-reviewed
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ASUS one is perfect. I'd say go for it.
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Instead of first working with us here how about you work with your ISP? Let them know the issues you are having and go from there.My ISP (Qwest that morphed into Century Link) presented me with some good deals on dsl.adsl.vdsl modems,and all were on their approved "we can help you with these models" list.I do simply hate hearing "we do not support that modem".How about some specs on your ISP service and sometimes the user simply selects the wrong piece of equipment to watch streaming video
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Instead of first working with us here how about you work with your ISP? Let them know the issues you are having and go from there.My ISP (Qwest that morphed into Century Link) presented me with some good deals on dsl.adsl.vdsl modems,and all were on their approved "we can help you with these models" list.I do simply hate hearing "we do not support that modem".How about some specs on your ISP service and sometimes the user simply selects the wrong piece of equipment to watch streaming video

Its a ADSL2 connection so would it even matter who my isp is? not having a go just unsure of this.

I can run one pc wired the one that will hold and stream media but cant have the receiving device wired.

will all of these problems be solved with the asus router?
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Its a ADSL2 connection so would it even matter who my isp is? not having a go just unsure of this.
I can run one pc wired the one that will hold and stream media but cant have the receiving device wired.
will all of these problems be solved with the asus router?

Are you recieving bandwidth that is even close to what they are billing you for.Have you done a simple speedtest run.Speedtest is by no means a diagnostic tool but it may give you some clues.Give your ISP a call and let them run the tests they can from their end.I know when I try to watch streaming video on older,slower equipment my cpu usage gets pegged.If you have a NetFlix account they can tell you what they see from their end in regards to how hard your equipment is working.I hesitate to tell you that all you need to do is buy a different modem as the one you have (being vdsl) is probably no slouch. The problem certainly is not simply the vdsl technology as one of my connections is vdsl and I see no issues.Perhaps your issue is signal strenght from the start or you are losing signal strenght as it moves to your devices.Perhaps with all these devices going at the same time they are operating on channels that are too close together and this is causing your problem.I would really make sure the basics are correct before I would expect a purchase to fix things.
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Are you recieving bandwidth that is even close to what they are billing you for.Have you done a simple speedtest run.Speedtest is by no means a diagnostic tool but it may give you some clues.Give your ISP a call and let them run the tests they can from their end.I know when I try to watch streaming video on older,slower equipment my cpu usage gets pegged.If you have a NetFlix account they can tell you what they see from their end in regards to how hard your equipment is working.I hesitate to tell you that all you need to do is buy a different modem as the one you have (being vdsl) is probably no slouch. The problem certainly is not simply the vdsl technology as one of my connections is vdsl and I see no issues.Perhaps your issue is signal strenght from the start or you are losing signal strenght as it moves to your devices.Perhaps with all these devices going at the same time they are operating on channels that are too close together and this is causing your problem.I would really make sure the basics are correct before I would expect a purchase to fix things.

ok this is my speedtest

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also all my streaming is from one pc to the xbox not from the internet sorry if i was not clear on that.
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ok this is my speedtest

2261527269.png

also all my streaming is from one pc to the xbox not from the internet sorry if i was not clear on that.

the asus RT-N66U router will definitely improve your home network. even look at the asus rt-n16 is a nice cheaper option as well
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