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Hi all,

I am looking for a suggestions for a new gaming / streaming wireless router. I currently have linksys WRT54GS flashed to DD-WRT. I am looking to connect to the following
  • a D-Link DWA-130 wireless adapter on my "htpc" (really just an old gaming pc hooked to my TV)
  • xbox 360 (new model with N adapter)
  • two G laptops

I am looking to stream Netflix, youtube videos, shows off websites, etc. to HTPC (about 20ft away). Videos are jittery on current setup (although netflix works most the time in "low def"). Resolving this skipping is primary goal

I'd also like to play around with extra features I've seen on some models (DLNA server / client on 360, guest SSID, DDNS, built in NAS functionality, QOS, etc.)

Netgear 3700 has most of the features I am seeking, but I've read that guest network doesn't work and NAS performance is so slow that it's practically unusable. I also read about issues requiring occasional reboot (My linksys has been up over over 200 days). D-Link also has several interesting looking routers, and folks seem to like the auto QOS.

A summary of my priorities being:
1. reliability (I want to "set it and forget it")
2. performance (fix sluggish streamed video- QOS features might play into this)
3. features (DLNA compliant, guest SSID, DDNS, NAS, auto QOS, traffic meter, etc.)
4. price (I'd like to keep it under $200 although I can break that if it meets ALL my criteria)

I don't really have a brand preference

Given the needs above, what would YOU recommend?
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you shouldn't have any issues with streaming videos over that router.

I have an E1000 flashed with DDWRT and it does just fine. I can download at 1MB/s+ while watching HD netflix.

I have noticed that the E series routers have much more memory onboard then the previous WRT54G ones.

You could look into the E3000 router.
post #3 of 7
I'd say a D-Link DIR-655 and you're set.
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The DIR-665 is a very good option. If you have some more money, I would recommend this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833124388 It is pricey but has a heck of a lot of features and should not require restarts.
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I can speak for this router. Flashed with dd-wrt it's a major upgrade from wireless g speeds.
At one point i was DLing 4+gb files, encoding, microsoft updates, and surffing without a single hicup.
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I had a Dlink 655 and 825 both were junk constantly needed to power cycle it. I bought my Netgear WNDR3700 last june and havent had to reset it yet. Also I have 19 Devices connecting through it and it supports pretty much every feature you can think of. Best part ists on sale for 130.98 Shipped at the egg right now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122326

The guest network does work. The passphase for the guest network doesnt you need to use the actual long key it shows in the firmware to connect.

Its also DD-WRT compatible
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I recently purchased the 3500L(1st revision, not 2nd) and flashed with the latest K2.6 build of DD-WRT. It has been perfectly stable using the NAS features and the wireless is solid as well. Aside from that Newegg has the Buffalo G300-NH on sale right now as well. Supposedly the stock firmware is excellent although I would still run DD-WRT on it personally.

You may want to give the ASUS RT-N16 a look also. It's one of the most popular Broadcom based routers for use with DD-WRT. Note that all the models I have recommended/linked require the use of the new K2.6 builds.
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