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Hello everyone!

My question is regarding wireless/wired networking.


I've got a thread going on here (for reference), where everyone is helping me immensely.

However, I do have one question that would be more curved to this sub forum. I've currently got no router at home, just straight modem > pc. I'm in the process of building a home file server for general file hosting, pictures, home videos, dvd backups, etc. This server will interface with several devices, a second computer, a netbook, some other devices, and one or two HTPCs.

Now since I have no wireless at the moment, how should I go about wiring all my devices? I'm relatively new to networking. Should I get a 4 or 8 port gigabit switch, then a decent Wireless Access Point to broadcast a signal throughout my house, or should I just get a regular wireless 802 n router?

The requirements are as follows:
All devices that can be wired (Two computers + File server), will be gigabit.
All devices that are wireless (Kindle 3, DS Lite, Netbook, Wii/Xbox 360 & HTPCs), will be 802 n or lower. The Kindle will be used occasionally, just like the DS, and the Wii/Xbox (Neither of which will be used for streaming, just online play.) Since the HTPC will most likely require the strongest of a signal (for streaming blu-ray/hd content) how should I approach that? Will a wireless n signal be enough? Should I add a bridge to the HTPC?



Thanks!
post #2 of 14
Well to me it sounds like you just need a router.

if your only wiring 3 devices and you need wireless the wireless router will work best for you.

My suggestion is not to go cheap on the router.

You need one that can deal with the traffic.

Also make sure to use CAT 6 Cable to wire up the PC's and server

Got a crimping tool?
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Well to me it sounds like you just need a router.

if your only wiring 3 devices and you need wireless the wireless router will work best for you.

My suggestion is not to go cheap on the router.

You need one that can deal with the traffic.

Also make sure to use CAT 6 Cable to wire up the PC's and server

Got a crimping tool?
Great, thanks for the suggestion! Feel free to recommend me a decent router that you think could deal with everything Otherwise I'll probably go with this.

I do not have a crimping tool, however here at work we've got about five or so lying around, so that's not problem- I'm sure I can borrow one.
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I don't know how you can live with that case, man.

But yeah, any router should do. You have the advantage of it being a router, switch and wireless AP all in one. I would advise against getting a switch, as you'll need a device which performs Port Address Translation since most ISP's will only give you one external IP.

For the same price, I would go with an Asus RT-N16 instead, which will support DD-WRT whereas the D-Link version will not. Have had mine for over a year without issues (~10 LAN devices connected to it including a file server, for reference).
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...038&Tpk=rt-n16
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I had this in mind.

Assuming your already spending a lot on a server and stuff you wont mind spending another $40

I know it seems like overkill but i been plagued by weak routers in my house.

I had 2 computers plugged in and 3 wireless and the router was choked. Speeds went down , Latency went up, and it eventually got so hot from running like that it crashed. And it would crash again.

I've used the 3700. It can carry a heavy load.
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I had this in mind.

Assuming your already spending a lot on a server and stuff you wont mind spending another $40
Aha, I was just looking at that and was about to ask beers about it. Regarding DD-WRT..
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Other Thoughts: I can't wait for a DD-WRT compatible firmware to really blow this thing up. This WNDR3700v2 is not compatible with DD-WRT as of writing this review on 01/20/2011.
Seems like the v1 is supported, but the v2 is not atm.

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I don't know how you can live with that case, man.
I think it's great! It's def. not coming in red, that's vile. I'm getting it in all black. It's nice, small, compact, perfect. But it's so expensive <_<
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Aha, I was just looking at that and was about to ask beers about it. Regarding DD-WRT..
You wont need it for that router. It already has among the furthest 2.4ghz range and a lot of management tools
**Regards to your PC

you wont even need raid. Windows has some sort of Data management tools which automatically manages your data (Backs ups and what ever) And it conforms to what ever you give it. So if you add one more HDD it will automatically spread the data on it to increase speed and capacity.

Just need to find this tool hmm...

Here you go! http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...s/wss08r2.aspx
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You wont need it for that router. It already has among the furthest 2.4ghz range and a lot of management tools
**Regards to your PC

you wont even need raid. Windows has some sort of Data management tools which automatically manages your data (Backs ups and what ever) And it conforms to what ever you give it. So if you add one more HDD it will automatically spread the data on it to increase speed and capacity.

Just need to find this tool hmm...

Here you go! http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...s/wss08r2.aspx
Hm, now I'm confused about whether or not I should use a Linux distro or not.

Well anyway, I'll def. be picking up that router then, thanks!
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Soo.. What fans are you getting for that server.. Any long lasting fans like DELTAs?
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Soo.. What fans are you getting for that server.. Any long lasting fans like DELTAs?
Dunno. A friend recommended me some Noctuas. Case holds two 120s.

What's DELTA?

Man I hope that hideous tan color doesn't show too much through the front grill, I don't really care about LEDs, but tan + black? Not feeling it.
Edited by Legionfalls - 2/24/11 at 5:12pm
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